By Jason Shetler
The Pirates signed pitcher Samuel Reyes out of the Dominican Republic for $45,000, this according to John Dreker of Pirates Prospects.
Reyes is the younger brother of infielder Pablo Reyes, who the Pirates signed in 2012. The younger Reyes is a 6’1, 175 lb right-hander, and according to Dreker, is a hard-thrower.
At 20 years of age, Reyes is considered “old” for an amateur player. Pirates Latin American Scouting Director Rene Gayo has been known to get high upside Latin players signed, regardless if those players are older. The most recent example was Yeudy Garcia, who was signed by the Pirates from the Dominican as a 20-year-old in 2013. Garcia is now the 12th best prospect in the Pirates system according to MLB Pipeline.