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.
Top Hitter: Julio de la Cruz, DH (.202) - 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
Other Notable Performers:
Tito Polo, CF (.301) - 1-for-3, BB
Marcus Beltrez, LHP (2-1, 1.90) - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
Johan De Jesus, SS (.140) - 0-for-2, BB
Game Notes: Starter Ramon Rodriguez threw four shutout innings on Thursday, continuing his strong season, which has seen him allow one earned run or less in seven of his eight starts. Three relievers followed Rodriguez, combining for five shutout innings. Marcus Beltrez picked up his second win. Julio de la Cruz hit his fourth homer of the season. They have all come in his last 11 gam...
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.