The Dominican Summer League playoffs started today, with the Pirates2 taking on the Detroit Tigers affiliate. The playoff format is best of three in the first round, with the two best teams in the league getting first round byes. The Pirates2 won the Wildcard spot with a 46-26 record, so they met up against the Tigers, who finished 49-22 on the season. The two teams played each other four times during the regular season, splitting a two game series each time.
The Pirates2 went with rookie Dario Agrazal Jr on the mound today. He defeated the Tigers earlier in the season, though it wasn't one of his best outings. In five innings, he allowed three runs on six hits and three walks during a 9-6 win. Agrazal finished the year with a 6-0, 2.40 record in 12 starts and one relief appearance. The Tigers went with 19-year-old righty Sandy Baez, who finished the season with an 8-1, 2.05 record.
The Tigers opened up the scoring in the first inning with a lead-off triple, followed by a one ou...
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.