The 2011 VSL Pirates were again a strong offensive team this year, and for the 6th straight year they played in the VSL playoffs defending their 2010 title against the Rays team. They ended up losing the championship series two games to one, on a 7-2 loss yesterday.
Just like last year I will be splitting up the season wrap-up into two articles, one for the pitchers and one for the hitters.
From the 2010 season the VSL Pirates lost plenty of their regulars including Ashley Ponce, Jose Osuna and Francisco Aponte who have graduated to the states to play, and Jose Ortiz, their regular catcher, who has spent the season in the DSL. Two other full-time players from 2010, Luis Cardona and David Pino were released.
Despite the roster turnover the team managed to succeed in part due to newcomers Jose Salazar, Eduardo Rangel, Edgar Munoz and Dilson Herrera, a high priced signing from the 2010 July 2nd International class. Veterans of the league, Ulises Montilla, Jose Roman, Jordan Galv...
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.