The Dominican Summer League Pirates didn’t get as much attention in 2009 as the Venezuelan Summer League Pirates, which is probably due to their 29-38 record, and the lack of big name prospects at the level. A lot of the breakout players and big bonuses were in the VSL for the Pirates, which is probably why the DSL team saw a big overhaul this off-season.
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Alen Hanson – “Hanson is an athletic middle infielder with a very projectable body and an upbeat attitude. He projects to have a number of above-average major league tools. Alen is a line-drive hitter who sprays the ball around the field with some extra-base power. With development, he could hit over .300 in the big leagues. He has speed on the basepaths and will only improve with physical maturation. Hanson could also be a stolen-base threat. He shows all the tools to be a solid-average second baseman.”
Robertson Valdez – “Roberson has solid body control and is an instinctive hitter who has a natural stroke with projectable power.”
The Pirates also signed Pedro Lara on the same date, although Lara is not showing up on the roster yet. Lara seemed like the best prospect of the trio.
A few of the players above received some big bonuses. Ramses Pena, signed at the end of November, received $150,000. Isaac Sanchez, signed on May 10th, received $180,000. The Pirates also signed Miguel DeAza on the same date for $150,000, although DeAza isn’t showing up on the roster yet. Yhonatan Herrand was signed on April 8th, and received a $185,000 bonus.
The biggest bonus was to Willy Garcia, who received $280,000, the third highest reported bonus in Pirates history for international prospects. That’s $945,000 in reported bonuses for those five players.
Of the pitchers, Porfirio Lopez had a great K/9 ratio of 12.5 in 44 innings, but his walk rate of 5.5 K/BB was poor. Lopez is 20 this year, so he’s probably nearing the point of not being a prospect. There aren’t many strong pitchers returning, which probably explains why 12 of the 19 new players are pitchers.
Fraylin Campos was the best looking pitcher, with a 2.27 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, an outstanding 11.6 K/9, and a 3.8 K/BB ratio in 71.1 innings. Emmanuel De Leon had good ratios, with a 9.7 K/9 and a 1.6 K/BB.