The Pittsburgh Pirates had two Dominican Summer League teams last year and spread the talent out between both clubs. With the added affiliate in Bristol this season, the DSL Pirates2 are no more, at least short-term. That leaves you with a team that is deep in the outfield, infield and behind the plate, but not many pitchers of note.
Eliezer Ramirez signed with the Pirates last July.
A lot of players from the DSL last year moved to the States this season, including the best of the group, Michael de la Cruz. That mass exodus of players really hurt the pitching staff this year, as you will see with the lack of prospects listed below. With the one club now, that also led to eight players being cut recently, so there are about 30 fewer players at the Dominican Academy right now than there were last year at this time. The season lasts 72 games and begins on May 31st.
The Loaded Offense
The highest priced talent on this club is third baseman Julio de la Cruz. He signed for $700,000 i...
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.