Ben Badler from Baseball America announced that the Pittsburgh Pirates signed three players from Colombia yesterday. We will try to get more information on the players soon, but for now, here are the names.
Santiago Florez is a right-handed pitcher who signed for $150,000.
Infielder Francisco Acuna signed for $70,000.
Right-handed pitcher Luis Arrieta signed for $130,000
UPDATE: Jesse Sanchez from MLB.com also announced these signings a short time after Badler and has a $70,000 bonus for Acuna (Badler spelled his last name Actuna, but I have information matching up to the spelling by Sanchez). He has Arrieta signing for $130,000. I think the bonus totals are probably correct, just not sure who got which one. Either way I’d say the Pirates spent $350,000 total of their $2,044,800 bonus pool on these three players.
While I can’t find any scouting reports on Acuna, except one from when he was 12, I will say that he has quite an international track record over the last four years. He has only been listed as a shortstop from all the information I’ve seen so far and he played on a team called the Pirates late last year with Yair Babilonia, who was signed last season and is currently serving as the third-string catcher for the DSL Pirates. Santiago Florez was also on that same team.
Check back soon for any details on these players and possibly more signings. We have added our international signing tracker, which you can find here.
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They only had his age 12 scouting report? They must have missed the profile they did on him when he was 8…
You found a scouting report on Acuna from when he was 12? Good Lord!
Was he already shaving?
There is a lot of info in it too, I was surprised at how in depth it was for someone his age. I watched a video of three of his at-bats vs team USA last August in the Pan-Am tournament and the scouting report from when he was 12 was fairly accurate for the 15 year old version. Small player, quick hands, surprising power
As you can probably tell, Mike and I are just having a little fun. We appreciate everything you do, John.
I know, but I wanted to mention the report I saw. In my mind I was thinking, I can’t take this serious, but after I read it and then watched him hit in a video from three years later, everything in the report was true, so it was actually a solid scouting job.
We needed to get our own Arrieta!