After the first week of the Dominican Summer League season, we mentioned how the team's pitching was so bad, that it was overshadowing a strong effort on offense. The pitching was still rather poor in week two, but the Pirates went 4-2 this past week, so you could say the offense overshadowed the poor pitching.
The Pirates had the worst ERA in the 36-team league until one of the Mets affiliates passed them by 0.02 on Saturday. The Pirates 7.03 ERA is fueled by a 2.01 team WHIP, which is easily the worst in the league. In fact, the Pirates have allowed both the most hits and most walks. The offense has kept the team from totally falling apart with their .798 team OPS, which is the fourth best total in the league.
While the record this week is obviously a good sign, they are going to need the pitching to step up if the team expects to compete this season. From a prospect standpoint, you want to see the team excelling on both sides of the ball, as well as on defense. They have allow...
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.