The Pirates Prospects 2014 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2014 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks. Be sure to purchase your copy of the book on the products page of the site.
We start the countdown with the number 20 prospect, Michael De La Cruz.
20. Michael De La Cruz, OF
It’s rare that we will rate a prospect in the top 50, or even in the top 30, before he has played in the United States. The only player who we’ve previously ranked without a game in the US (including high school) is Luis Heredia. Michael De La Cruz wasn’t signed with the same fanfare as Heredia, getting a $700,000 bonus, as opposed to the $3 M that Heredia received. However, after one full season of lighting up the DSL, De La Cruz impressed enough people that he ...
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.