Pirates Sign Dominican Outfielder Jeremias Portorreal

Dominican outfielder Jeremias Portorreal, who became eligible to sign when he turned 16 on Wednesday, has signed with the Pirates for $375,000.

Scouts highest on Portorreal saw him as an advanced lefthanded hitter with projectable power from his 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame. He projects best either in left field or at first base. Portorreal trains with Raul Valera, who is known as “Banana,” and plays in the Dominican Prospect League.

Since the 2013-14 signing period opened on July 2, the Pirates have also signed Dominican shortstop Adrian Valerio for $400,000 and Dominican outfielder Edinson Lantigua for $275,000. Both players are also 16. Pirates Prospects first reported Portorreal’s signing.