The Pittsburgh Pirates signed their 40th international player since July 2nd, adding 18-year-old left-handed pitcher Isaias Uribe from the Dominican. He is the 23rd pitcher signed by the Pirates during the 2019-20 signing period, and the fifth lefty in that group.
Uribe is a late bloomer on the international side, but he’s basically the same as someone gaining traction during their high school senior year in the U.S. He is 6’3″, 170 pounds, with broad shoulders and a frame that should add plenty of good weight down the line. He recently started touching 93 MPH with his fastball, which sits in 86-91 MPH range and has plenty of tail/run. He throws a slow curve in the 71-76 MPH range, along with an 80-84 MPH changeup.
If you missed it from yesterday, we posted an article talking about the top ten players to watch (in my opinion) from this large international signing class. Those are the players I consider to have the highest upside based on their scouting reports and videos I saw for all of them. The Pirates have also picked up a lot of arms in this class since the big names signed on July 2nd, who already get in the low-90s, so this is one of the hardest throwing international classes you will see. Uribe just adds another name to that group.
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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.