Pirates Prospects has learned that on Thursday, the Pittsburgh Pirates made their first international free agent signing since Junior Vizcaino took over the Director of International Scouting position left vacant by Rene Gayo's departure. They signed right-handed pitcher Jordy Ortega out of the Dominican Republic. Ortega turned 18 in October, so he has been eligible to sign since July 2, 2016.

Shortly before he was eligible to sign, Ortega competed in a tournament in Florida, where he was sitting 85-89 with his fastball, touching 90 MPH. He also had a low-70s breaking ball, which was either a curve or a slider depending on which scouting report you read. He's got a projectable frame listed at 6'2", 175 pounds, but as you can see in the video below, it's not the cleanest delivery. Some m...

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