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Pirates Organization Report

John Perrotto -Premium Content

Though players have been defecting from Cuba to the United States since Rene Arocha signed with the Cardinals before the 1993 season, the Pirates hadn't landed anyone since Fidel Castro's communist regime overthrew the government of the island nation in 1959. That finally changed as the Pirates reached an agreement with righthander Yoslan Herrera. The deal had not been completed, but it was expected to be a three-year major league contact.

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Pirates Organization Report

John Perrotto -Premium Content

Jared Keel could have been on his way to becoming a game warden in his native Florida by now. Keel graduated with a degree in criminal justice from Troy in May and had already been accepted into the Florida Wildlife Commission's warden program. For now, though, Keel is using a bat and ball in his first job out of college, as the Pirates drafted the third baseman in the 31st round this season.

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Pirates Organization Report

John Perrotto -Premium Content

Andrew McCutchen is finishing his first full season of professional baseball on a strong note, proving those four years of home economics classes that he took in high school were really worth the while. McCutchen, the Pirates' first-round draft pick in 2005, received a two-level promotion from low Class A Hickory to Double-A Altoona after hitting .291/.356/.446 in 453 at-bats in the South Atlantic League, including a .382 batting average in his final 12 games.

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