Pirates are Favorites to Sign a Top Pitching Prospect from Panama

It appears that the Pittsburgh Pirates will be busy in Panama when the 2023-24 international signing period begins in January of 2024. We heard early reports that they were favorites to sign two players from Panama during this upcoming signing period. You can add a third player to that list.

Left-handed pitcher Angel Soriano will be eligible to sign for the 2024 class, and the Pirates are the favorites. He’s 6’4″, 185 pounds, with a ton of pitching experience for his age, including overseas tournaments. He already has a nice feel for three pitches, with the ability to throw strikes. He is an aggressive strike-thrower on the mound. He also has a lot of projection left with his frame.

While the Pirates aren’t specifically targeting Panama for talent, scout Jose Pineda appears to be doing a great job of identifying talent early in the country. The two earlier players mentioned both have big potential.

Javier Acevedo is a left-handed hitting catcher with skills and upside on both sides of the ball. He has a medium frame and he’s athletic for a catcher. At the plate he has what is described as an easy/smooth swing, with a feel for barreling up pitches.

The amazingly named Iverson Allen is a center fielder with plenty of raw tools, though he has taken some big steps since our reports last year. He’s a gifted athlete, whose father was a national basketball player in Panama.

All three players will be 16 years old when they sign.

The current signing class still remains at 22 players. The Pirates nearly spent their entire $5,825,500 bonus pool with those first-day players, which included highly-ranked prospects in Raymond Mola and Jun-Seok Shim. According to a source, the Pirates have just $250,500 remaining in that bonus pool, which is a hard cap, though trading for bonus pool space is available again this year. This period runs through December 15, 2023.

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Luis Heredia says “go get em kid”.


6’4 lefty? sign me up baby


Those highlights in Spanish which I do not understand makes it seem like it was the greatest play ever.


It would be great to establish a pipeline from Panama and even though I’m guessing it would be coincidental, I’ll think of such a pipeline as the legacy of Sangy!


Iverson Allen is 6’4″ and 184 lbs at 15? Very interesting 🙂


When do the FCL and DSL seasons start? And just one FCL team again? And two DSL teams?


Ooopss!! meant Soriano. Too busy thinking Iverson and practice and used his name. Even at 16, and a lefty to boot, very interesting prospect to follow if he indeed hits the system for the Bucs.


I hope if Iverson Allen makes it to the MLB he is #3 , wears a sleeve, a headband rather than a hat, and simply goes by Iverson. Is that too much to ask? Oh, and leads the league in assists and steals.


and coach chokes …

b mcferren

hope the Phillies sign him


First question that anyone connected with Pirates media needs to be about…..practice 🙂

The response had better be something like this:

“We sitting in here—I’m supposed to be the franchise player, and we in here talking about practice,” Iverson said. “I mean, listen: We talking about practice. Not a game. Not a game. Not a game. We talking about practice. Not a game. Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game like it’s my last. Not the game. We talking about practice, man

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I think I read that Iverson is broke, but in a couple of years he starts getting some outrageous amount of $$$$. I think it was in the 30 million a year for 20 years. I’m probably delusional, but I have papers. Just sayin.


My inquiring mind had to know so I googled. Gets a trust set up by Rebok starting when he is 55.


I hope they sign a dude name Mora James. Go on a rant about playoffs.


Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Maybe a Gundy Mike? Starts yelling, “I’M A MAN! I’M 40!!!”

Scam likely

Or Edward’s Herman because he going to play to win the game.


I could do this all day. A Leach Mike would be a great interview in the dug out mid-game. Gone too soon.

Wilbur Miller

Sure beats the old Yoslan Herrera days.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Only name I want to hear attached to the Pirates is Roki Sasaki!!!

But also, this is promising to hear. Keeping the international pipeline flowing. I think this is going to be a really strong year in terms of the Pirates uptick in the IFA market finally showing the fruits of their labor.


Especially if he pulls an ohtani and decides to enter the MLB early, we do seem to be building a very strong pipeline from asia….

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I’m super stoked for Shim as it is


I hear that Rocky Saki is pretty good, but the hangover is ferocious.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

His hangover, I mean splitter, was devastating

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