First Pitch: Yesterday was Quite a Day

We haven’t posted First Pitch articles recently because there just hasn’t been much to talk about, then yesterday happened. In the morning I decided to hold off on a Winter Leagues article because it was the start of the international signing period and we knew there was going to be a lot of news. Then other stuff happened and some of the early articles got lost quickly, knocked out of the top five spots on the main page. So I figured I’d give a quick rundown of yesterday in case you missed anything. There will be a Winter Leagues article this morning as well.

Before the links from yesterday, here’s an added video for Shalin Polanco that you won’t see elsewhere

International Signing Discussion – By around 4 PM, we had scouting reports up for all 15 players signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday. We even included photos for all of the players.

International Signing Tracker – Judging by the page views, this got lost in the above post. You’ll want to bookmark this page for all international reports throughout the year.

Pirates Agree to Deal with Infielder Wilmer Difo – It’s a minor league deal, don’t panic.

Aaron Shortridge has Tommy John surgery – Tough timing here, will keep him off the mound until 2022.

Pirates Avoid Arbitration with All Nine Remaining Players – No losing sleep over arbitration hearings

This Date in Pittsburgh Pirates History: January 15th, Jeff Banister – The man was a 1.000 hitter in the majors!

Game Rewind: Pirates at Astros, August 18, 1965 – No one among Pirates fans who watched this game is still alive because the final inning probably added 20 years to their age

1925 Pirate Replay, May 19: Errors, Stranded Runners Cost Bucs in Brooklyn – Have you been following Wilbur’s new daily series?

The 10th Anniversary Prospect Guide returns to print! We are releasing two variant covers this year, featuring Mitch Keller and Ke’Bryan Hayes. Visit our shop to order these extremely limited items! It will be updated with information that came in yesterday

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