Pirates are Favorites to Sign Cuban Pitcher Carlos Espinosa

Francys Romero reported on Sunday evening that the Pittsburgh Pirates will sign Cuban right-handed pitcher Carlos Espinosa once the next international signing period opens up in January of 2022. I was able to confirm with a source that the Pirates are indeed the favorite to sign Espinosa, who will still need to go through his physical and standard drug testing for international amateur players before his deal can be completed in January.

Romero included video of the 19-year-old Espinosa in this tweet below. He notes above that Espinosa hits over 95 MPH and I was also able to confirm that velocity.

The Pirates are also the favorites to sign a young lefty pitcher from Mexico named Angel Camacho, who was heavily scouted recently. He is also a 2022 signing, though he was eligible to sign during this current signing period. The current bonus pool restrictions prevent the Pirates from signing Camacho before the next signing period begins.