Pirates Prospects has learned that the Pittsburgh Pirates signed 17-year-old Venezuelan outfielder Carlos Canache on Friday. Less than a week ago, we announced that they signed Venezuelan pitcher Johan Montero and mentioned that he played in a league specifically for prospects from Venezuela. Canache was also playing in that same league on a different team.
Canache is 6’0″, 152 pounds, throws right and bats right. He turned 17 on April 11th. He was eligible to sign during the last international signing period and one prospect ranking listed him as the tenth best prospect in Venezuela for the 2017-18 eligible players. The Pirates were scouting him three months ago, but it’s likely that they didn’t have enough bonus pool money left to sign him around late May.
He is the 23rd player signed during the 2018-19 international signing period by the Pirates. They have already signed seven outfielders and five players from Venezuela.
I found a video of him making outfield throws from the tryout for the Pirates and Seattle Mariners. Canache has been training at the Sport Talent Baseball Academy and he also played for their team in the prospect league, where he batted .290/.446/.409 in 21 games, with 13 stolen bases in 17 attempts.