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DSL Season Wrap-up Part Two: The Hitters

DSL Season Wrap-up Part Two: The Hitters

DSL Season Wrap-up Part One: The Pitchers

Continuing with the DSL Pirates season wrap-up, on the hitting side of things the DSL Pirates they had some very good seasons, and as a group they fared much better than the pitchers despite the fact they had about the same amount of experience. They scored the 7th most runs in the 34 team league, had the 3rd highest OPS and finished 6th in stolen bases with 128. They also finished just .001 behind the leader in team batting average, and that .272 mark they posted represents a 20 point improvement over last year's club. On to the players, and there are plenty of interesting ones here, many who will most likely return to next years team.

He may not be the best prospect here due to age, but I had to start with Slammin' Sammy Gonzalez, the 21 year old catcher who hit the daylights out of the ball all season. Not many guys who sign at age 20 and have okay first seasons like Samuel did turn into anything special, but at the catcher position yo...

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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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