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Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Pitcher Roger Santana

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their seventh six-figure bonus signing this July 2nd signing period, inking left-handed pitcher Roger Santana for a $100,000 bonus. He is a 16-year-old from the Dominican, who stand 6’1″, 170 pounds and throws a fastball in the 85-89 MPH range. Santana also throws a curve ball with good potential.

The 2014 international signing tracker has been updated with links to all seven players the Pirates have signed.  They have spent nearly $1.3 Mil of their $1,930,400 bonus pool already.

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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.

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John Lease

I’m sure the severe slap on the wrist the Yankees will get will deter them next time? Good to see MLB makes sure that only the Yankees and Blo Sox get to toss around money in Latin America. If the ‘penalties’ have any actual teeth, I’ll be stunned.

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