The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed three international players, all from the Dominican Republic. The biggest name among the group is outfielder Eddy Vizcaino, who played in the Dominican Prospect League. They also signed a pair of middle infielders, William Calderon and Melvin Jimenez. The Pirates were nearing their international bonus pool limit before acquiring $269,900 worth of bonus pool space from the Oakland A’s in the Ike Davis trade. We have some scouting reports for the three new players from their time in the Dominican Instructional League. There is also a video of Vizcaino at the bottom.
Vizcaino is a left-handed hitting corner outfielder with above average range and a good arm. He is a line drive contact hitter that showed occasional pop. He has average speed and like the other two players, Vizcaino has room to fill out. He played in the DPL in 2013.
Jimenez is also a lefty hitter that makes solid contact. He showed good hands at shortstop, solid overall defense and displayed a great work ethic. He is 19 years old.
Calderon plays second base and shortstop, but his defense isn’t as good as Jimenez. He is a switch-hitter that makes contact. Jimenez is raw and inexperienced, but showed potential. None of the three were described as fast(or slow), but Jimenez and Calderon were both described as good base runners.
The Pirates have now signed 13 players this July 2nd signing period. The signing tracker has been updated. There was no bonus information for any of the players.