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Pirates sign five Latin American players

Two pitchers, two outfielders and a middle infielder–four of whom are teenagers–signed with the Pirates as non-drafted free agents.

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed the following players as non-drafted free agents. Included with each player is a
quote from Latin America Director of Scouting Rene Gayo.

Adolfo Flores, RHP (5-11, 170)
18-years old, born in Nicaragua
Rene Gayo: “Adolfo is a lean strong body young man with well above average arm action. His fastball is 87-91 with an above average ability to spin his curveball. He is a strong competitor from a rural area of an underdeveloped country (Nicaragua) that we feel has a strong opportunity to develop into a solid Major League starting pitcher.”

Juan Mendoza, RHP (6-0, 220)
25-years old, born in Dominican Republic
Rene Gayo: “Juan is a little older player than is often signed in the Dominican Republic but with his natural competitive feel for the mound and his combination of pitches we felt it necessary to sign him. He has a power arm at 91-94 miles per hour and believe this is a solid acquisition.”

Edgar Munoz, SS/2B/OF (5-9, 147)
19-years old, born in Panama
Rene Gayo: “Edgar is a very high energy switch hitter with above average speed and the defensive versatility to play middle infield and the outfield. He is a highly competitive and confident player that we are happy to add.”

Anthony Claudio, OF (6-0, 180)
18-years old, born in Venezuela
Rene Gayo: “Anthony is a player that physically resembles a young Magglio Ordonez. He has a short strong swing and uses the outfield gaps well. He also has solid average arm strength and speed. This is a young man with solid character and future bat potential.”

Keybel Escobar, OF (5-11, 180)
17-years old, born in Venezuela
Rene Gayo: “Keybel is a young but physically developed athlete with above average speed. He has a short contact swing and solid arm strength. He is the son of a former cricket player from the island of Trinidad who immigrated to Venezuela. This is a solid character athlete that has great upside to his ability.”

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