Scouting Reports on 12 New International Signings for the Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates are signing 22 gamers on the first three days of the worldwide signing interval, which opened on Sunday. Here are the scouting stories for the 12 gamers who’ve already signed, plus Raymond Mola and Jun-Seok Shim, who’ve been introduced as having agreements, however haven’t formally signed but. Both will probably be accomplished by Tuesday morning, with Shim coming before the others.

Jonathan Rivero – Lefty hitting catcher from Venezuela who’s superior for his age. A current development spurt has him at 6’1, 191, and he has additionally put on good weight, with room for extra. His bat exhibits energy already with projection so as to add extra. He has all the instruments to stay behind the plate, together with athleticism, arm, good instincts and make-up. He turned 17 years outdated in December.

Angel Perez – The Pirates added two catchers from Venezuela. Perez is 5’10, 160, with a medium body. His protection forward of offense, with the capacity to remain behind the plate as he will get older. As with nearly everybody else on this signing class, his athleticism will get a whole lot of discover. He makes strong contact at the plate and drives the ball to the gaps, utilizing the center of the area properly. Power might develop later.

Andres Villafane – He’s a 5’10, 175 pound middle fielder out of Colombia, who turned 16 on St Patrick’s Day. He’s very athletic, with above common velocity that has improved lately (6.6 in the 60). He has sturdy instincts in the outfield, and the capacity to play all three outfielder positions, though proper area might be out of the image as a consequence of an arm that charges common at greatest. He’s a really aggressive participant on each side of the ball, whose velocity works on the bases and protection. He has a strong strategy at the plate, and drives the ball properly to all fields, though he will get pull comfortable. He’s an actual gamer.

Miguel Rodríguez – He’s a 5’11”, 152 pound middle fielder out of Venezuela, who turned 16 in April. His velocity will get a 70 diploma, whereas his arm is a 55 diploma. He will stay in middle area, the place his velocity will assist him influence each side of the ball. He’s a prime of the order hitter, with a medium body, sturdy bat-to-ball abilities that produces a whole lot of line drives. Another plus athletic participant, who continues to be filling out his body.

Janderson Linares – He’s a 17-year outdated (October birthday) left-handed pitcher out of Venezuela, who stands 6’2″, 180 kilos. He has a big body, exhibits athleticism on the mound, with a sturdy physique that ought to permit him to be a starter. He has the capacity to spin the ball properly, with common management of three pitches. His fastball is 86-88 MPH now, that has room so as to add loads of velocity. His slider is his greatest secondary pitch, sitting 71-72 MPH, with really feel to spin it, though it may be extra of a slurve at occasions. His supply may be very misleading, and he has an aggressive strategy on the mound. His changeup is a median providing now, sitting at 79-81 MPH.

Carlos Castillo (pictured up prime) – He’s the most fun of the pitchers signing at the moment. He’s a 6’2″, 166 pound right-handed pitcher, who turns 17 subsequent month. He had a development spurt lately, so there’s extra room to fill out his body. He’s an incredible athlete with a strong body, who has the full bundle for a future starter. He exhibits above common arm velocity, throws all three pitches for strikes, with nice spin on his pitches, and minimal effort supply that produces straightforward strikes. He already spots his fastball, which he has taken from sitting 84-85 MPH final 12 months, to touching 92 MPH in his final outing. He throws a curve that is round 76 MPH, with a 12/5 form. He additionally has an 80-81 MPH changeup.

Joenelly van der Linden – Lower profile signing out of Aruba who’s a bit uncooked now. He’s 5’11, 145 kilos, with loads of room to fill out. He’s signing as a shortstop, however seems to be headed for second base, the place his defensive instruments will play higher. As you’ll count on, it was the athleticism that acquired him seen at this level in his sport, though he has strong bat-to-ball abilities, with a chance for future energy.

Ronald Gomez – Left-handed pitcher from Colombia, who stands 6’4″, 150 kilos (sure, these are appropriate numbers). He turns 17 subsequent month. He’s a really lanky pitcher, with a body so as to add loads. This is a deep projection participant, who will take a while, however there are present issues to love about his sport. He has three pitches which might be round the plate. He has an 86-88 MPH fastball already, though he does not preserve velocity lengthy, so count on him to work in shorter outings at first. His curve initiatives to be a strong pitch. It now sits at 70-71 MPH, and has some late chunk. His changeup is 80-82 MPH. Pirates like the want right here and he is progressed lately. He’s a sensible participant, actual gamer, who’s pushed to get higher.

Yosmar Gimenez – He’s a 16-year-old (May birthday), 6’2″ 155 pound shortstop from Venezuela. He has a projectable physique, athletic with a lean/minimize physique, however room so as to add extra. He was initially a shortstop, then acquired moved to middle area by his coach, and solely lately returned to the shortstop spot. He has a plus arm and the instruments to remain at shortstop in the future and have strong protection, however he is very uncooked at the spot. He has strong velocity, with a 6.8 time in the 60. Very good participant, good instincts throughout, the bat charges common now, however he has proven good energy from the left aspect.

Nicolas Carreno – He’s a 5’11, 155 pound left-handed pitcher from Venezuela, who turned 16 in June. He has a medium body so as to add to in the future. He has the capacity to spin the ball properly. He throws his fastball 89-91 MPH, whereas providing a slider that’s 78-81 MPH. His changeup is a piece in progress, one through which he was simply given a brand new grip on the pitch and it has progressed shortly. He’s a really good pitcher, with really feel for the strike zone.

To Joseph Segura – He’s the third catcher from this preliminary signing group. He turned 17 again in November and stands at 6’0″, 185 kilos. He’s a powerful child who already exhibits some energy from the proper aspect of the plate and makes strong contact. He ought to be capable of stick behind the plate, as he appears to be like comfy in his actions.

David Matoma – The last participant from at the moment is from a rustic you do not see producing baseball gamers. MLB holds camps in Africa and Europe and the greatest gamers from sure areas will attend these occasions. The total continent of Africa may have about 20 children at these occasions, with South Africa being their model of a baseball hotbed, though it’s miles from the hottest sport of their nation. Then there’s the nation of Uganda, which did not have a single professional baseball participant till slightly below a 12 months in the past. Matoma is just not a uncooked participant although. He’s very athletic, standing in at 6’0″, 155 kilos now at 16 years outdated, with apparent room so as to add to that body. His promoting level proper now could be a fastball that will get as much as 92-93 MPH and sits 88-92. His slider is 80-84 with good spin. His changeup is 78-83. He’s a little bit of a challenge, however not the greatest one on this listing. He has legit upside. Much extra on him right here.

Jun Seok Shim– 18-year-old right-handed pitcher, ranked tenth on this signing class by MLB Pipeline. He has an enormous body at 6’4″, 215 kilos and he is touched 101 MPH already. He throws 4 pitches, together with his fastball, curve, changeup and slider all having plus potential. The fastball and curve are forward of the different two pitches now, however he is a strike-thrower with all of his choices. He’s the massive signing in the class, who you’ll hear rather more about in the future, particularly after his signing is official. For now, here’s a quote from Max Kwan, who’s the Pirates Director of Player Personnel:

“We have been monitoring Jun Seok for the final three years and couldn’t be extra thrilled to convey him into the group. We imagine he’ll match proper in with our various tradition and rising inhabitants of gamers and personnel from the Pacific Rim. He has a powerful mixture of flexibility, arm velocity and spin, which is uncommon for a participant with this sort of measurement and body.”

Raymond Mola – A 17-year-old, switch-hitter outfielder, who was ranked twenty sixth total by MLB Pipeline. He obtained 50 grade instruments throughout the board in each class. He has a big body and he is a nook outfielder, who has proven the capacity to drive the ball properly to the total area. Everything he does now matches as much as the grades, common runner, energy, arm, protection, with the bat instrument seemingly being the carrying instrument. He has above common velocity and will get credit score for how he performs the sport.

The remainder of the signings will get stories as soon as they formally signal. I’ve by no means heard of groups saying signings earlier than they occurred, so the stories aren’t written up but. We may have our 2023 signing tracker up quickly as properly, which will probably be up to date all through the 12 months, so bookmark it.


John began working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, however his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started precisely 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the home the place Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection got here a love of Pirates historical past, in addition to the sport of baseball.

When he did not make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that wanted work, John turned to masking the sport, ultimately focusing in on the prospects aspect, the place his curiosity was pushed by the massive league crew being beneath .500 for so lengthy. John has lined the minors in some type since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and worldwide protection on Pirates Prospects. He writes every day on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he isn’t masking the total system every day all through the total 12 months on Pirates Prospects.


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