The Pittsburgh Pirates signed nine players in the Dominican Republic today. They were part of the original announcement of 22 players sent out by the team on Sunday. You can find the full list in our tracker, which will be updated throughout the entire 11-month signing period.
Here’s a look at the players who signed today, along with bonus information where available. Scouting reports for these players will be updated here tomorrow.
Raymond Mola, 26th ranked prospect, $600,000 bonus
Bladimir Pichardo, $750,000
Carlos Mateo, $800,000
Angel Aquino, I included two photos here, just so you can get a better look at him and then from the side to see how big he is. Corner outfielder with power/speed/arm, listed at 6’5″, 205.
Cristian Jaugerui, Cuban outfielder, $270,000 bonus
I added a second photo of him because every player showed the back of their jersey and they are wearing the #22. It’s not a McCutchen tribute. They are technically the signing class of 2022, or players who were first eligible on July 2, 2022 – August 31, 2022.
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