The Pittsburgh Pirates have released eight players from their Dominican Summer League team. The most surprising name among the group is first baseman Dennis Hurtarte, who was one of the best Pirates hitters during the second half last year in the DSL and the reports on his Spring Training this year were great. Hurtarte was already signed by the Baltimore Orioles, who plan to bring him to the US later this week.
The other seven players released are as follows:
Yunior Aquiles, outfielder that was signed to a six-figure bonus in 2010, but he never panned out. He was described as raw when he signed, with high upside due to his speed and potential power. Aquiles has an incredible arm from the outfield, but didn't show anything in three seasons. He was used sparingly in 2011, then saw plenty of playing time in 2012, then dropped off into a reserve role last year, spelling the end for him.
Rodney Polonia, the son of Luis Polonia, who played 12 seasons in the Majors. The younger Polon...
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.