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Pirates Sign Colombian Catcher Roberto Noguera

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 17-year-old Colombian catcher Roberto Noguera. He trained at the Baseball Academy of Gaujira (Academia de Beisbol del Gaujira) and he was signed by Orlando Covo on July 2nd. Noguera was born on May 15, 1997 which made him eligible to sign during last year’s July 2nd signing period. According to this article in Spanish (which has three photos of Noguera, including him batting right-handed) he has already traveled to the Pirates Dominican Academy. Another article from April linked the Pirates to Noguera back then, but MLB has a period where team’s cannot sign International players, so he had to wait until July 2nd to sign.

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Brian Bernard

In the article it notes the Phils and White Sox have signed players from that academy… have to think advantages, if there were any, are fewer and harder to come by these days.

piraddict

I think the Pirates would benefit from having their own academy in Colombia similar to the Dominican facility. Tim thinks not. If you find one Polanco you recover your costs when compared with the costs of signing a free agent or high draft pick. The PIrates are signing players out of Colombia, but they might have a better chance of signing the best players with an academy in the country.

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