The day started off slow for international signings for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but the news has really picked up at night. The first day of the July 2nd signing period has now seen the Pirates sign four players for six-figure bonuses. The latest one announced by Ben Badler is left-handed pitcher Domingo Robles. He is a 6'2", 170 pound, 16-year-old from the Dominican. Badler describes him as having good arm action that produces an 87 MPH fastball that has good sink and downhill action to it. He also projects to add velocity in the future. He signed for a $175,000 bonus.

The Pirates have now spent $925,000 on their top four announced picks. That amount equals almost 50% of their total bonus pool for this signing period....

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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.