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DSL Prospect Watch: Losses Piling Up Quickly In The Dominican

For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day. Pirates Logo

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Box Score

Result: Rangers 5, Pirates 4

Starting Pitcher: Miguel Ferreras, RHP (0-1, 5.40) – 3.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Pablo Reyes, 2B (.417) – 3-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Julio de la Cruz, 3B (.111) – 1-for-3, BB

Christian Henriquez, LHP (1.35) – 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Tito Polo, CF (.294) – 2-for-5, 2 Runs

Johan De Jesus, SS (.222) – 0-for-3, BB, SB

Dennis Hurtarte, 1B (.143) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Starter Miguel Ferreras gave up one run in the first inning and three in the third, picking up the loss in his season debut. Christian Henriquez pitched for the second time in relief this year. He has now allowed one run in 6.2 innings. Carlos Ruiz also made his second appearance, throwing two shutout innings. Tito Polo picked up two hits for the second straight game. He batted lead-off and played center field today after hitting third and playing left field yesterday. Top prospect Julio de la Cruz picked up his first professional hit, a first inning single to left field. The home run by Pablo Reyes was the second hit by a Pirates player(both teams) in the DSL this year. The Pirates made four errors in the game. They moved to 1-3 on the season.

 

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Box Score

Result: Nationals 4, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Francis Rodriguez, RHP (3.60) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Munoz, 1B (.500) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Michael de la Cruz, CF (.308) – 2-for-5

Yoel Gonzalez, C (.100) – 0-for-3, RBI, BB

Jhoan Herrera, 3B (.231) – 1-for-4

Jesus Paredes, LHP (0-1, 0.00) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: The Pirates lost their fourth straight game to open the season. Starter Francis Rodriguez threw five solid innings, though he wasn’t able to pick up a strikeout in his no-decision. He made his pro debut last season and threw 33.1 innings over three starts and 13 relief appearances. Jesus Paredes got the loss despite not allowing an earned run. He showed huge strides last season after a terrible rookie season in the Venezuelan Summer League. In 30 innings last year, the 6’2″ lefty struck out 35 batters. Top prospect Michael de la Cruz had his first career multi-hit game. He also batted lead-off for the first time. Edgar Figueroa walked four times in five plate appearances. Carlos Munoz has reached base nine times already. Catching prospect Yoel Gonzalez drove in his first career run.

 

Player Of The Day

In the Dominican Summer League(as well as Venezuela), players have a maximum of four seasons in the league before they either have to be promoted to the states or released. Very few players that last four years end up making any kind of impact. A player trying to buck that trend this year is submarine throwing righty, Carlos Ruiz. He is an extreme groundball pitcher, who hasn’t allowed a home run yet in four seasons. Last season, he posted a 5.55 GO/AO ratio and he was almost as good the year before. Ruiz is hard to hit, has closed a few ballgames and last year, he improved his control, while raising his strikeout rate. The cards are stacked against him ever advancing far in the pros, due to the fact he is 22-years-old already, but the Pirates1 team will have a steady closer to help finish off games this season as they try to repeat their 2012 title run.

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John Dreker

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.

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