Back in 2012, we posted a top ten prospect list for the Pirates players in the Dominican Summer League. With the DSL season ending last Saturday, it's time to see how these players have progressed in the last two years. This list was based of a combination of scouting reports, stats, player's size and age, as well as their signing bonus. Each of the last two seasons, we have been able to get a lot more first-hand scouting reports of the players during the season, so the 2013 and 2014 list should be better. The top ten list also depends on the overall talent of the team, so you can't hit on all ten players because no minor league team will have ten legit prospects that actually pan out. The 2014 list will be posted later this week.
Julio de la Cruz was ranked first overall among DSL Pirates players in 2012
Rated tops overall in 2012 was Julio de la Cruz. He hadn't played a game yet, but he got a $700,000 signing bonus and had a great scouting report. He is in the GCL this year as ...
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.