Week three of the DSL season was not kind to the Pirates club. They lost five in a row after winning 13-2 on Monday. They were outscored 36-15 in those games and once again, the pitching has been the biggest problem for the team, especially the bullpen. Below, you will find the week in review and some thoughts on the early season, starting with the top prospects on offense.
The solid reports on his defense keep coming in for Valerio.
Right fielder Jeremias Portorreal had his six game hit streak snapped on Saturday. Despite the streak, which started last week, he went 4-for-17 this week and struck out five times. Portorreal is still just 16 years old(born 8/7/97), so just the fact that he is playing everyday in this league says a lot about him. He has a .218/.328/.309 slash line through 55 at-bats. Even with a slow start, and some other players hitting well, he is still the top prospect on the Pirates team.
Adrian Valerio had a big week last week, but this week was a tough one ...
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.