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The International signing period began on January 15th and the Pittsburgh Pirates added two talented international prospects from the Dominican Republic. The Pirates have agreed to terms with outfielder Bralyn Brazoban and shortstop Abdiel Feliz. The Pirates, who received $7,114,800 in pool money, have not yet announced the contract amounts.
The 18-year-old Bralyn Brazoban makes consistent, hard contact and drives the ball line to line. He has great foot speed on the bags and in the field and is tough to strikeout. The left-hander has lightning quick hands that can produce home runs and as he grows, his power should as well. His speed helps him to excel in center field and he has the first to third base speed of a hitter at the top of the lineup.
The tall, athletic center fielder was ranked the #38 international prospect by the MLB Pipeline and adds some depth to a position that the organization needs—outfielder.
The other signing was 16-year-old shortstop Abdiel Feliz. The switch-hitting Feliz is one of only a few pure shortstops who were available in this International class. Known as a defensive first prospect, Feliz has shown some improvement in his approach at the plate and he has the time to keep improving. At short, he has the footwork needed to be successful as he keeps growing. Though most of his hitting tools are average to below average, the club is hoping he continues to improve.
Feliz is not going to even turn 17 for another month and is a prospect the Pirates can afford to be patient with. He was ranked the #50 international prospect by the MLB Pipeline.