The DSL Pirates as a team were one of the better hitting squads thanks mainly to their three all-stars who helped them score 5.3 runs a game and finish atop the DSL in home runs. From last year's club, gone were Willy Garcia, Luis Urena, Alen Hanson, Jodaneli Carvajal and Samuel Gonzalez who are all playing well in the states. Plus, three players were released, so this team had a lot of at-bats to make up, some with new players while some of the younger returning players were expected to step up.
For the batters I'll start with the catching position as they used 7 different players behind the plate during the year. Jose Ortiz got the most time behind the plate. The 21 year old last year was the regular catcher for the VSL Pirates where he didn't hit for average but showed some signs of power. He hit even worse this year and his defense wasn't anything special, especially his arm as he threw out just 5 of 53 attempted base stealers. He...
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.