Pirates sign Dominican third baseman Herrera

Pirates sign Dominican third baseman Herrera

The Pirates have signed Dominican third baseman Johan Herrera, who becomes the fifth international prospect to sign with the club this year.

The 17-year-old Herrera is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound left-handed hitter rated to have an average arm and to be weaker defensively than at the plate by Baseball America, which first reported the signing.

Herrera was signed for $300,000, which brings the Bucs' international expenditure to approximately $2.1 million, leaving them with about $800,000 in their international bonus pool for 2012.

Herrera's signing follows earlier agreements with third baseman Julio De La Cruz, outfielder Michael De La Cruz and catcher Yoel Gonzalez -- all also from the Dominican Republic -- and Australian shortstop Sam Kennelly.

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