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Pirates sign Australian lefty Wilson Lee

I haven't seen this reported anywhere domestically yet, but the Australian news organization News Limited ( is reporting that the Pirates have signed an Australian prospect, Wilson Lee. Lee is an 18-year-old left-handed pitcher from the town of Darwin in the Northern Territory. He was the recipient of one of the South Australian Sports institute's baseball scholarships, and he's received various state and national honors for his amateur play.

The report does not specify the scout who targeted Lee, but it seems likely that it was Tony Harris , who has signed several other Australian prospects (such as Dylan Child and Mitchell Fienemann ) for us in the recent past, and who was Lee's manager in this year's Claxton Shield competition. It sounds like the plan is for Lee to spend several weeks at extended spring training in Bradenton, and then return to Australia to play at MLB's Australian academy for the remainder of the year.

It's nice to see that the acquisition of talented international amateurs continues to remain a priority for the organization.