Analysis

Pirates Release Nine International Players

Pirates Release Nine International Players
John Dreker

Nothing has been formally announced by the Pittsburgh Pirates but according to their milb.com pages, the Bucs have released the following players from either the DSL or VSL teams:

Pitchers Remberto Romo, Jose Acosta, Ericdavis Marquez, Deivis Goatache, Rafael Rodriguez, Yoan Gonzalez, Luis Figuera, utility fielder Alberto Valdemora and catcher Jhoanel Jimenez.

Acosta is currently suspended under minor league baseball's drug prevention and treatment program for using Stanozolol, so if he's signed by any team he would have to finish serving his suspension before he could play. He pitched just one game for the VSL team before getting hurt and eventually being suspended in late July, 11 games before the season ended. His suspension was for 50 games.

Rodriguez took a regular turn in th...

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John Dreker

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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