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DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Sweep Rangers, Munoz Takes Over League Batting Race

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. Pittsburgh_Pirates10

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Box Score

Result: Pirates 12, Rangers 4

Starting Pitcher: Jandy Vasquez, RHP (7.90) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Deybi Garcia, C (.259) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Julio de la Cruz, 3B (.184) – DNP

Marcus Beltrez, LHP (1-1, 0.79) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Tito Polo, LF (.349) – 2-for-4, 3 RBI

Yomifer Polanco, DH (.276) – 1-for-2, 2 BB

Yunelky Adames, 1B (.226) – 1-for-2,  2 BB

Game Notes: Starter Jandy Vasquez had a tough outing against the Rangers, but the bullpen and offense were stellar, as the Pirates1 won 12-4 on Friday. Marcus Beltrez and Brayan Almonte combined for five shutout innings following Vasquez. The Pirates had 13 hits and seven walks to sweep the Rangers in the two game series, a team that came into the series with a 14-2 record. Yunelky Adames stole his seventh base and Tito Polo swiped his eighth. Polo now has 11 RBI’s on the year. Deybi Garcia scored four runs. Neither team made an error in this game, a rare occurrence in the DSL.

 

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Box Score

Result:  Brewers 8, Pirates 7

Starting Pitcher: Eduardo Vera, RHP (3.14) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Steven De La Mota, LF (.306) – 2-for-5

Other Notable Performers:

Michael de la Cruz, DH (.281) – 0-for-2, 3 BB, 3 SB, RBI

Jhoan Herrera, 3B (.270) – 0-for-5

Yoel Gonzalez, C (.114) – DNP

Carlos Munoz, 1B (.418) – 1-for-4, RBI

Luis Brun, RHP (6.75) – 1.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Starter Eduardo Vera had a strong outing, but the bullpen couldn’t hold the 5-0 lead he left them with, as the Pirates lost to a lowly Brewers team that has now won just four games. Luis Brun allowed five runs in his 1.1 innings and both Horelbin Ramos and Jesus Paredes allowed their first earned runs of the season. Paredes took the loss, allowing the winning run in the bottom of the ninth without recording an out. The Pirates went 8-for-8 in stolen bases, with Gustavo Barrios and Michael de la Cruz stealing three apiece. De la Cruz reached base three times, giving him 16 hits and 16 walks in his first 16 career games. Carlos Munoz saw his average drop 13 points due to a 1-for-4 game, but he took over the league lead in batting average. His 1.125 OPS is also the highest in the league.

Player Of The Day

When Dan Urbina first signed with the Pirates, I immediately thought the name sounded familiar and it did for good season, his dad is the pitching coach in the Dominican Summer League for the Pirates. Despite the family relation, he wasn’t just signed as a favor to his father. The 19-year-old righty has good size at 6’3″, but the numbers didn’t lie when he signed, at 158 pounds, he still had plenty of room to fill out.

As one of the youngest players on the team in 2011, he spent the season in the Venezuelan League and struggled, going 1-1, 7.17 in three starts and six relief appearances. He shifted over to the DSL in 2012 and saw much more action, getting 12 starts and one relief outing. Urbina went 2-2, 4.42 in 53 innings. He lowered his BAA from .309 in 2011 down to .266 last year. This season, he has started off strong through four starts, though he seems to be relying heavily on the pitch to contact theory. In 19.2 innings, he is 3-0, 2.75, with a .197 BAA. He has also been getting more groundballs than in the past, although he has picked up just six strikeouts. He is still young enough to be considered a possible prospect, especially if he fills out more and is able to keep up the early pace he has set.

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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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  • buc em all

    Is he related to ugeth urbina? Tito polo is now my favorite player

    • John Dreker

      I don’t believe so, but they are from the same area so maybe it is a cousin. Dan Urbina’s father played minor league ball with someone I know and he didn’t know of any relation. They aren’t brothers for sure, they were born less than nine months apart!
      Polo is definitely a player to watch. I’ve heard great things about him recently from a couple of the other players. They said he is a talented player in all aspects, plays hard all the time and plays the game right.

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