In early June, we did a Dominican Summer League preview, outlining some of the key players joining and returning to the DSL this season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The first month of the season is done, so it's time to look back on how the aforementioned players have performed, as well as add some new names to the list of players to watch. Starting with the hitters for the team known as the DSL Pirates1, the more talented of the two teams.
Pirates1: The Hitters
Ulises Montilla was a surprise returnee to the DSL this year after hitting .364 last season in the VSL, with a good eye and great contact. He has spent most of his time this season at third base and is hitting .325 with an .844 OPS. At twenty years old now, he will be old for a first-timer in the states, assuming he makes it there next year.
Carlos Esqueda was showing great progress last year before an ankle injury during a home plate collision ended his season early. He hit .342 in 2010 in the VSL, but at 5' 8" 1...
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.