Tag: Adrian Valerio

First Pitch: The Pirates Are Stockpiling Shortstop Prospects

Today I was working on the GCL Preview, and noticed how many shortstops the Pirates have at the level. The main guy to watch this year will be 2014 first round pick Cole Tucker, although there are some other promising guys at the same level. Sam Kennelly received $225,000 out of Australia, and started the […]
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DSL Pirates Report: Shortstop Adrian Valerio is Starting to Heat Up...

After the first week of the Dominican Summer League season, we mentioned how the team’s pitching was so bad, that it was overshadowing a strong effort on offense. The pitching was still rather poor in week two, but the Pirates went 4-2 this past week, so you could say the offense overshadowed the poor pitching. […]
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Prospect Watch: Way Down on the Farm, a Defensive Shortstop Shows...

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ¬†Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Stolmy Pimentel #13). If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be […]
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DSL Pirates Report: First Week Pitching Woes Overshadow Strong Offense

The first full week of the Dominican Summer League season is in the books and the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate is off to a 1-6 start. As I pointed out in the season preview, the team seemed to be loaded with offense and there wasn’t much pitching to talk about. So far, that has been the […]
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2014 DSL Pirates Preview: Another Wave Of High Upside Offensive Talent

The Pittsburgh Pirates had two Dominican Summer League teams last year and spread the talent out between both clubs. With the added affiliate in Bristol this season, the DSL Pirates2 are no more, at least short-term. That leaves you with a team that is deep in the outfield, infield and behind the plate, but not […]
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First Pitch: The Pirates Short and Long Term at Shortstop

Today I wrote about Jordy Mercer and how I think he’s going to bounce back offensively this year. He may already be in the process of doing just that, but I don’t want to put too much stock on his recent hot streak, which is a sample size of six games. If Mercer doesn’t bounce […]
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Pirates 2013 International Signing Recap

Ben Badler from Baseball America released his recap of the 2013 signings by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Most of the bigger names are released when they sign, but as we saw with Badler’s recap last year, a player like Johan De Jesus could sign for $200,000 and there was no mention of it anywhere. Here is […]
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Prospect Videos: More Gregory Polanco Greatness and a New Shortstop

Here are a few short videos to enjoy on your Saturday morning. Earlier in the week I posted two Gregory Polanco videos highlighting his power (a home run) and his speed (beating out a chopper to second base). Today there are two more Polanco clips, both coming from Imo Kemp, who is a must follow […]
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Pirates Sign Dominican Shortstop Adrian Valerio

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with Dominican shortstop Adrian Valerio on a $400,000 bonus. He is the second big International signing from today, with outfielder Edinson Lantigua being announced earlier. Valerio is a 16-year-old switch-hitter, who like Lantigua, played in the Dominican Prospect League. According to Ben Badler at Baseball America(subscription required), Valerio […]
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Pirates Linked to a Few International Players on The Eve of...

The 2013-14 International Signing Period begins tomorrow, and the Pirates have about $2.43 M to spend on international players this year. Over the weekend we learned that the Pirates weren’t connected to any of the top 30 international prospects, which isn’t a big surprise since they tend to go with lesser known, cheaper options. That […]
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