Ben Badler from Baseball America recently posted what he considered the top 20 prospects who played in either the DSL or VSL in 2010. His only requirement was that the player had at least 100 plate appearances or 25 innings pitched. The article requires a subscription and can be viewed here.
Representing the Pittsburgh Pirates on the list was Jodaneli Carvajal. He was signed by Pittsburgh as a 16 year old in June of 2008 for $350 K which at the time was the second highest bonus for an International player in team history, trailing only Exicardo Cayonez who starred in the GCL this past season. At the time some scouts said that Jodaneli could be the best of the Pirates 2008 International signings, which besides Cayonez also included Yhonathan Barrios who signed for $250 K and made the GCL roster after just one season in the DSL.
Carvajal lacks size, listed at just 5' 9" 145 lbs, but he is a good line drive hitter who makes decent contact hitting from both sides of the plate. He wil...
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.