As a group, there was a lot of good pitching from the Pirates' two DSL teams this season. Part of it was due to high inning totals from older pitchers. It isn't a strong group on the prospect front, with some of the higher price bonus guys getting up there in age for the league, but it isn't totally barren of pitchers to watch. The strong pitching continued on to the postseason, as it led the Pirates to a DSL title, allowing 15 runs in the five game championship series.
Below are the stats from each pitcher in the DSL, broken down by age groups. The first age group is where you'll find the majority of prospects. The second group can include prospects, but these guys are getting closer to being too old for the level. They need to make the jump to the US next year to preserve their prospect status, and ideally start to move quickly through the lower levels of the system. The final group is mostly organizational depth. A breakdown of each group can be found below.
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.