According to Ben Badler at Baseball America, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been linked to outfielder Juan Pie. According to our sources, Pie has been at the Pirates academy in the Dominican Republic training during the last couple weeks, so that’s also a strong indicator that he will sign. He is eligible to sign on July 2nd, when the Pirates will have a $5.75 M bonus pool for international players.

Badler describes Pie as a 6’2″, 170 pound, left-handed hitter, with a quick bat. Other sources have him slightly bigger at 6’3″, 175 pounds. He makes consistent contact and uses the entire field as a line drive hitter. His bat will be his carrying tool, as he’s limited to corner outfield due to average speed at best, an average arm and a below average instincts in the field. For what it’s worth, his Dominican Prospect League scouting report has him rated higher as both a runner and an outfielder. He turned 16 on April 1st.

Here are three videos, plus there is one in the link from Baseball America. This first one was before he turned 15.

This is from a few months after this first video.

I don’t know what you heard about me, but here’s another video of Juan P-i-e (gold star if you get the reference)

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36 COMMENTS

  1. Unless I missed it.. does this kid appear on any top 25, 50 or even 100 for international free agents?

    • Since no one from the site answered this question, I am assuming that I was right…that this kid is not on any top prospects lists…and he represents another low dollar signing. The Pirates are doomed with this kind of cheap, short-sighted philosophy.

    • Because the owner is cheap and stupid. He doesn’t realize that this is the one area where the Pirates can add high-end young talent to the system, in a relatively economic fashion. I’m tired of hearing all of the excuses…apparently the supposed financial restrictions and limitations only apply to the Pirates and a few other teams, because everyone else is spending freely in the International market. Even the White Sox, Padres, Reds, and Dbacks are far more active than the MIA Pirates when it comes to signing the top International free agents year after year.
      It is very frustrating as a fan….and it does not provide a lot of hope for the future. Look at the level of position player talent in the system in the lower levels – High A, Low A, etc. – its almost non-existent….

  2. Unlike Bonifacio or Garcia, Pie doesn’t have one standout tool. He’s a fringe-average runner with a restricted arm that will keep him in left field, where his defensive instincts need to improve. Pie’s best attribute is his bat. He’s a 6-foot-2, 170-pound lefty with quick bat speed and a knack for making contact in games. While some scouts noted up-and-down performance from Pie, he has generally performed well in games in the Dominican Republic. His swing isn’t always the most fluid or under control, but he hangs in well against lefties and uses the whole field with a line-drive approach. Pie trains with Raul Valera, who is known as “Banana,” and is expected to sign with the Pirates
    BA write up on Pie above.

  3. first video was march 1 so he was 15 yrs old, so his arm could improve. I wish they show live pitching.

    • First video was from January 3rd because they put the date first, and it was 2016, so he was 14. He turned 16 on April 1st this year.

  4. Let me blow my own horn once again and state that the only players the Pirates seem to sign in the DR are Banana players. He is the only trainer that will deal with them. Other trainers because of the SANO nonsigning/screwing by Gayo have turned off the other trainers and don’t tell me money talks in the DR. That is a load of crap, since teams that can not exceed $300,000 bonus payouts are getting top tier talent. At least this kid is big so maybe he has a chance. I thought the DR was a SS factory, guess the Pirates don’t like those types of players at the market rate. Once again they sign a half player. this time maybe he can hit but can not field, usually it is the other way around, no hit good field. With one of the largest bonus pools they better hit the dam jackpot and not just sign last years leftovers like they usually do. I think Gayo needs to be pushed upstairs and have a new face put in charge of international signings. Maybe that way they can reestablish a higher level of trust with the trainers and be able to sign some quality players.

    • Cite sources before making claims.

      2nd, the kid is 16years old! He’s not even done growing. Heck, he could end up being 6’4, 220 when it’s all said and done

    • Adrian Valerio & Adolfo Castro both young Dominican SS in the system. Castro signed for 150K and Valerio 400K and they both have played decently. Castro should be in the GCL this year at 18.

      • G Torres of Yankees is a much better prospect and Cubs paid a large bonus to get him. That is the type of SS they should try to sign. Please don,t think the values paid to the players you noted are significant in the international market. Go back and read the Valerio write up. I recall great glove, bat needs improvement. That is the type of prospects they sign because they are less expensive. I hope the prospects you referenced turn out to be all stars so I can eat my words.

        • I definitely would hope they could make a big splash with a foreign SS someday. But it’s not like there a bunch of guys out there….and when you have a system set up like it is where the kid gets to choose where he goes, the Pirates are at a disadvantage . They have a sound approach and have produced a lot of nice players from players from Latin America.
          You can make a big splash and blow your budget or get a bunch of hopefully decent prospects. Who knows, with 5.7 mil to spend this year maybe they will get a big name. Heredia was an expensive big name and so was Inoa years back with the A’s. Massive big money busts…Polanco, Marte, even Hanson was reasonable money and they hit on all of them. You can’t consider Hanson a bust, he made it to the majors and still has the skills to at least be a backup.

          • I know what you are saying but at times you have to go big. Sure some low bonus guys make it and big but I think they could do better by paying someone more and going after the consensus better players.

    • I was under the impression that the “problem” wrt the Sano non-signing was Rob Plummer, the agent. Could you explain a little more?

      • He’s basically citing the Pelotero documentary, which for what it’s worth still has plenty of believers around the game. Dejan has been by far the most vocal opponent of this interpretation of the Sano signing, but is also generally Gayo’s biggest fan. Take that for what you will.

      • There was a short story movie made about the Sano signing that did not show Gay o in a positive light. You can find it on the internet. See it and draw your own conclusions. Pirates were only team associated with Sano. Gay o allegedly put out word he was older then 16 to I guess lower his value and reduce his signing bonus. The market had already been set by a lesser prospect at $3,000,000. I can only conclude that Plummer was tired of Gay o,s games and refused to go back to pirates for a counter offer. As such I think other trainers do not want to deal with Gay o based on his prior actions. Hope that helps you see why I have this opinion.

  5. Another showcase superstar we’ll have to show how to play an actual game of baseball. Whoopie!

      • I don’t know, these guys, even in the bigs Marte and Polanco pull some of the dumbest stunts. Sandy Santos, according to reports, lacks in basic baseball plays. Bad routes to balls, baserunning mistakes. Maybe I’m all wet, but it’s all showcases down there, no games.

  6. That music mix in the last video was horrible. The video itself was better than the other two though.

    From what I could gather on the few throws that were shown, might want to think about moving him to first base now and get it over with.

  7. I can’t speak to bat speed, however, he has nice size and looks athletic. Not shocking that he is trained by Banana. It seems that we get the first choice of his available players. Any word on the amount of the bonus?

    • Rarely do bonus amounts get mentioned ahead of time, especially with the Pirates. We will find out on July 2nd. I’m sure it will be a busy day, although we might not find out about much that day. They signed 18 players on July 2nd this past year and three were announced that day

  8. Sorry, but it always irks me when I see these, ” bonus pool for international players” BS from MLB. It’s just another way to keep the small market teams down.

    • It’s a lot better now than it was last year. Now the Pirates have the highest bonus pool and it’s a hard cap. Before it went by record, which is why the Pirates had the 2nd lowest bonus this current signing period. It was going off of their 2015 record.

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