Pirates Signed a Total of 18 International Players on July 2nd

The international signing period starts each year on July 2nd and the Pittsburgh Pirates were very busy this year. Just like every previous signing period, there are some players who are announced on July 2nd, then others we find out about down the line. This year, we posted six players in our international signing tracker, all of them being announced on July 3rd. Then last week, the Pirates assigned two players to the GCL Pirates, so we gathered information on them.

Today we got the full list of players signed on July 2nd, which includes another ten names. It’s important to remember that just because no one announced these signings, it doesn’t mean that they are just roster fillers. The Pirates signed 16-year-old pitcher Yeudry Manzanillo for $150,000 last year on July 2nd and there was no information available for him until this February. He has already been to the Fall Instructional League in Bradenton, which is a good indicator that he will start the 2017 season in the U.S.

Here’s a list of the players signed, along with their current age (some players have had birthdays since signing), position, height/weight and country. We will attempt to get more information on these players, but worst case scenario is that we will just have the better players listed in our 2017 Prospect Guide. The links above include information on the other eight players signed, including bonus information where available.

Francis del Orbe, 18 years old, right-handed pitcher, 6’4″, 190, Dominican Republic

Luis Gonzalez, 18 years old, right-handed pitcher, 6’2″, 187, Dominican Republic

John Lantigua, 19 years old, outfielder, 6’1″, 170, Dominican Republic

Jose Marcano, 17 years old, left-handed pitcher, 6’1″, 180, Venezuela

Ronaldo Paulino, 18 years old, third baseman, 6’4″, 200, Dominican Republic

Julio Rosario, 17 years old, right-handed pitcher, 6’2″, 185, Dominican Republic

Pablo Santana, 17 years old, right-handed pitcher, 6’1″, 180, Dominican Republic

Emison Soto, 20 years old, center fielder, 5’9″, 175, Venezuela

Angel Suero, 17 years old, right-handed pitcher, 6’4″, 187, Dominican Republic

Noe Toribio, 17 years old, right-handed pitcher, 6’2″, 185, Dominican Republic


John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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Oh good. Another Ron[nie] Paulino.

Joe S

I’d imagine that part of the reason for low(er) signing bonuses is that none are 16 and some are 18, 19, and 20.

Bill Harvey

What happened to the SS the Pirates were thought to be the favorites to sign? I know his birthday was in August, but haven’t heard anything since the July 2nd primer article.

Wilbur Miller

John Lantigua . . . related to Edison?
Noe Toribio and Joel Cesar Toribio?

joe s

Players have good size, that is positive in itself. Good luck to them all and we await further details.


As discussed before, throwing huge dollars at these kids hasn’t worked out so far. The quantity theory that we use seems to work out just as well.


I wish I got to be right twice in a decade at my job, too.

Bill Harvey

Not really a fair assessment. International players signed at 16 can take as much as 9 years to reach the majors.

Bill W

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