The Pirates have recently released five players from the VSL/DSL rosters and added five new players in their place. Earlier this year they needed help filling out innings while they awaited approval on contracts that were on hold due to age verification issues. They signed veterans of the DSL in the interim period to get them through the season.
The following players were released and all of them had previously played in the DSL (three with other organizations) and had been released prior to 2011. Pitchers Joaquin Santamaria, Antonio Jimenez and Jose Garcia as well as catcher Yeffrey Jaquez. Garcia had actually pitched for West Virginia, the Pirates low-A affiliate, back in 2008 while they were still a Brewers farm club. Santamaria had two outings and retired just one batter posting a 21.00 WHIP. Jaquez was previously with the DSL Pirates in 2010 but had been released prior to this season. He was resigned while they awaited the approval of the contracts of two other catchers.
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.