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Pirates Sign Young Center Fielder from Australia


The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their 43rd international signing since July 2nd, bringing in Australian center fielder Solomon Maguire.

Maguire turns 17 years old next month. He’s listed at 5’11”, 167 pounds. He’s very athletic, with potential for multiple plus tools. He has above average bat speed, power potential, plus speed and a strong arm. He’s the second player signed by the Pirates from Australia. They added pitcher Brandan Bidois in late September. Maguire is still in school, so his time will be somewhat limited at Pirate City until he graduates.

Here’s a highlight video of him from the U18 World Cup tournament back in October, where most of the players were 1-2 years older. Maguire shows power to all fields in the video:

Here’s a second video:

Maguire took place in the MLB College Showcase over the winter and was featured in this article from Jesse Sanchez.

The international signing tracker has been updated.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
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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