The Pittsburgh Pirates put together a large international signing class with their 2017-18 bonus pool money. They gave early indications that they would need a second Dominican Summer League team in order to get time for every player, then went all in on that idea in December when Junior Vizcaino took over as the Scouting Director for Latin America.

The biggest signing from this class ended up coming late and only happened after the Pirates acquired bonus pool money in the Andrew McCutchen trade. Then they voided the $230,000 bonus of shortstop Gregori Custodio after they couldn't get the right paperwork to confirm his age. Shortstop Ji-Hwan Bae took what was likely all that was left of the bonus pool when he signed for approximately $1,250,000 last month.

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John Dreker
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.