The Dominican Summer League season starts on Saturday and we will have a preview of the entire roster later today. In this article, we are going to take a look at the players that have come through the DSL for the Pirates since 2008 when the current front office took over. This is a brief look at each club and what it produced. I'm going to split this into two articles, covering the first four years today and the next three years tomorrow. During the 2012-13 seasons, they had two clubs in the Dominican and before that, they had a team in Venezuela. That league hasn't produced much, but I'll mention them briefly below as well.
Starting with 2008, this team has the best current player, Starling Marte. In fact, he's the only current player in the system still. Pitcher Emmanuel De Leon was ...
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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.