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Prospect Highlights: First Look at a GCL Pirates Pitcher With a Tale of Perseverance

Prospect Highlights: First Look at a GCL Pirates Pitcher With a Tale of Perseverance

Yesterday, we shared some great video of 19-year-old five-tool outfielder Tito Polo from Tuesday's GCL Pirates game. Check it out if you haven't seen it, the link includes four of his plate appearances from the game.  You don't often see video from down in the GCL, but we are lucky enough to get our own video once in awhile, as well as some help from the GCL Pirates fan page. So you're getting a chance to see some of these of these players much earlier than usual. Today, we take a look at a pitcher from the GCL Pirates for the first time, one that has a very interesting story. 

Today's featured player is Yunior Montero, who is an incredible case of perseverance in a young pitcher. He was signed by the Pirates in 2009 for $45,000 and then MLB stepped in and said they couldn't verify his age/identity, so his contract was voided. Well, Montero got a lot better while he was waiting for the verification process and the Pirates had to fork over $185,000 to sign him a second time because o...

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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.

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