The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their sixth big international signing since the July 2nd period opened, though this one is a bit different than the other five from yesterday. They got right-hander Adonis Pichardo out of the Dominican. He is 18 years old already, which means he has been eligible to sign before this signing period began, but he has only recently established himself as a prospect. Pichardo began as an outfielder, switching to the mound eight months ago according to Ben Badler. He is raw for a pitcher, but displays good arm action and a fastball that can reach 92 MPH. The Pirates gave him a $105,000 bonus.
The international signing tracker is updated with all the known players signed. The Pirates have spent nearly $1.2 Mil of their $1,930,400 bonus pool.
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.