Pirates Add Nine More International Players to First Day Total

Pirates Prospects has learned that the Pittsburgh Pirates signed nine players who weren’t announced yesterday. That gives them a total of at least 18 players signed on the first day. Eight of the players are 16 years old, and three of them are switch-hitters.

It’s purely speculation until we get more information on these players, but they were probably lower bonus signings than the seven players who all signed for $350,000 or more yesterday.

I mentioned this morning that there might not be much excitement left over the final 348 days of the 2018-19 international signing period because the Pirates spent well over half of their bonus pool already. With the addition of these nine names, you can bet that remaining pool we talked about this morning (somewhere under $2,319,500 when you add in the two unknown bonuses) is much smaller now. The simple reason is that you don’t target 16-year-old players on day one and sign them cheap. There are likely more low six-figure signings in this group than five-figure bonuses.

Here’s the list of players, along with age, position and more information if it was available. If a batting side isn’t listed, they bat right-handed.

Jose Berroa, 16-year-old switch-hitting outfielder

Joel Blanco, 16-year-old right-handed pitcher

Eudys Carrasco, 16-year-old infielder from the Dominican Republic.

Eliazer Montero, 17-year-old infielder from the Dominican Republic.

Deivis Nadal, 16-year-old switch-hitting infielder

Rodolfo Nolasco, 16-year-old, outfielder from the Dominican Republic. He played in the MLB Amateur Prospect League and trained at the Ozuna & Rodriguez Baseball Academy.

Rayber Romero, 16-year-old, switch-hitting infielder from Venezuela, who played in the Caracas Prospect League and trained at the Geno Baseball Academy. I mentioned this morning that the Pirates would be active in Venezuela because they hired respected scout Emilio Carrasquel and this is one of the examples of top players they would target.

Listher Sosa, 16-year-old, right-handed pitcher from the Dominican.

Miguel Toribio, 16-year-old, right-handed pitcher

We will update the international signing tracker soon.

Only Nolasco had a video available. It’s short and from 2016, but here it is anyway.

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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