Pirates make big splash in international market, sign touted Taiwanese pitcher

Pirates make big splash in international market, sign touted Taiwanese pitcher
(Pittsburgh Pirates)

PITTSBURGH — In recent weeks, Ben Cherington had made a series of moves to acquire additional capacity to their 2019-2020 international signing pool. The highest profile trade was sending Jarrod Dyson to the White Sox, but he also sent low-level prospects to the Cardinals and Orioles for their unused space.

On Wednesday, he used that extra room to get a guy that the Pirates had their eye on for a long time, signing 19-year-old Taiwanese pitcher Po-Yu Chen. A source tells DK Pittsburgh Sports that the deal is for $1.25 million.

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How much homework have the Pirates done on this young right-hander? Try 25 scouting reports over three years.

“Po-Yu Chen is an exciting young pitching prospect who has been a prominent part of the Taiwanese national program and in International competition,” Cherington said. "He has good size, moves well on the mound, and has a quality pitch mix with the ability to keep getting better.

A source says that, internally, the Pirates grade his talent as roughly the same as a second-round draft pick.

The 6-foot-2, 187-pound right-hander was ranked by FanGraphs as the 22nd best international prospect during this period.

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