DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates2 Win Sixth Straight Game

For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here.  For a recap of the DSL All-Star game, 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: Rangers 8, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Miguel Ferreras, RHP (5-5, 5.35) – 3.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yomifer Polanco, RF (.264) – 2-for-3, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Julio de la Cruz, 3B (.212) – 2-for-5, 2B

Carlos Ruiz, RHP (0.97) – 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Johan De Jesus, SS (.137) – DNP

Game Notes: The Pirates1 lost their third straight game after winning eight in a row before the All-Star break. Starter Miguel Ferreras ran into trouble in three of the four innings he pitched, picking up his fifth loss. He was relieved by Jesus Perez, who walked five batters and gave up two runs in his 2.1 innings. Brayan Almonte allowed hits to four of the six batters he faced in the seventh inning. He hit another batter and recorded just one out before being replaced. Carlos Ruiz came in with one out and the bases loaded and got out of the inning without allowing anymore damage. Ruiz has given up just two earned runs this season in 13 appearances, both runs coming in the same outing. Third base prospect Julio de la Cruz has hit much better in the month of July than he did in June. He has an .839 OPS this month versus a .565 OPS in 20 June games. Yomifer Polanco and Rodney Polonia drove in the only runs for the Pirates.

 

PIRATES2

Box Score

Result: Pirates 2, Nationals 0

Starting Pitcher: Jose Batista, LHP (2.62) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jesus Ronco, SS (.182) – 1-for-2, 2B, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jhoan Herrera, DH (.245) – 0-for-3

Michael de la Cruz, CF (.336) – 1-for-3, RBI, 2B

Hector Garcia, LHP (3-1, 1.96) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Yoel Gonzalez, C (.138) – 1-for-3, 3B

Game Notes: The Pirates2 won their sixth straight and got strong starting pitching from Jose Batista, who threw five scoreless innings, continuing his excellent season. He got nine outs on groundballs. As a starter, he has a 1.21 ERA in five games. Batista had allowed more than one earned run once in 11 outings. Hector Garcia followed Batista with four shutout innings, picking up the win. This was the fourth shutout by Pirates2 pitchers. Catcher Yoel Gonzalez hit the first triple of his career. He is still a week short of his 17th birthday. Top prospect Michael de la Cruz ranks fourth in the DSL with 34 runs scored and third with a .480 OBP. He went 1-for-3 with his seventh double of the season and also picked up an outfield assist.

Player Of The Day

Today’s player of the day is Jesus Ronco, an infielder in his second season in the DSL. He was signed last March, one of five players the Pirates signed at the same time out of Colombia. Ronco was listed as a projectable player that the Pirates hoped would develop with more experience. His rookie season was a rough one at the age of eighteen. He played just 16 games, splitting his time between third base and shortstop. Ronco hit .174, with a .500 OPS. This season he is seeing more playing time, but the bat still isn’t coming around. In 18 games so far, he is batting .182, with a .590 OPS. In his first season, Ronco had just one extra base hit, a triple. This year he already has five doubles, a surprisingly high number among his eight hits. He is still young, so there is time he could develop, but he clearly hasn’t advanced liked the Pirates hoped.

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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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