We have our third six-figure July 2nd signing from the Pittsburgh Pirates. They signed catcher Gabriel Brito for a $200,000 bonus. He is on the small side for a catcher at 5’10”, 160 pounds, though he is only 16 years old, so he still could grow and will obviously fill out. Brito is a smart player with a strong arm and a line drive stroke from the right side.
The international signing tracker is updated with all three signings from today.
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.