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07/03/2012 2:33 PM EST

Pirates agree to terms with 3B Julio Delacruz

The 16-year-old Santiago, Dominican Republic native was ranked as the 16th best prospect in this year’s International Signing group according to Baseball America.

"We are very excited to have signed Julio Delacruz who is, in our estimation, the best pure hitter available in Latin America this season,” said Director of Latin American Scouting Rene Gayo.  “Julio is a hitter with great rhythm and contact ability, with the knack for staying back and hitting the breaking ball along with using the whole field.   He is a great addition to the Pittsburgh Pirates organization and I want to publicly congratulate our new Scouting Supervisor Juan Mercado and our entire staff for identifying and delivering this type of talent."

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