The Pirates are Favorites to Sign Cuban Outfielder Cristian Jauregui

The Pittsburgh Pirates have emerged as the favorites to sign 16-year-old Cuban outfielder Cristian Jauregui once the 2023 international signing period begins on January 15th. Francys Romero broke the news on Twitter and I was able to confirm that they are the favorites. Jauregui was just declared a free agent, along with five other Cuban players. He’s the youngest of the group.

There isn’t much out there for Jauregui, but he’s clear from the video that he has some early power from the left side. A quick scouting report from Romero calls him a contact hitter with speed. I’ll be able to get a better report on him when/of he signs with the Pirates.

The Pirates were recently named as the favorites to sign Dominican outfielder Raymond Mola, who is a top 30 prospect in this draft class.

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.

Support Pirates Prospects

Related articles

join the discussion

Notify of
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Doesn’t sound like a budding superstar, but I am still shocked. I didn’t think the Pirates knew that Cuba existed….

Scam likely

When a player does this on winter meetings eve, it been brewing for a long time.


Pirates are the best with the under-18 crowd…


Nevermind…  😥 


I hope him the best of luck and he goes to a winner. He’s given them a fairly solid four years of good baseball while they surrounded him with a shit show from ownership on down and he continued to play hard and not complain.

Scam likely

According to Macky, Reynolds has requested a trade.hmmm

Wilbur Miller

Crap. O’s signed Kyle Gibson.


We have plenty of other guys that can give us an over 5.00 ERA


And Reynolds has officially requested a trade! Not sure how I feel about that or what that may do to his value.




They were the favorites to sign a Cuban pitcher and were out bid and lost him. So lets not count the chickens before they hatch.


We need talent, hopefully he is a good un


6-8 years away, tho??

Share article

Pirates Prospects Daily

Latest articles

Pirates Prospects Weekly

MONDAY: First Pitch

TUESDAY: Article Drop


THURSDAY: Roundtable

FRIDAY: Discussion

SATURDAY: Pirates Winter Report

SUNDAY: Pirates Business

Latest comments

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x