Every week we have live reports from all over the system, while I provided additional views of the minors via MiLB.tv, which included Altoona and Morgantown this week. We also had live coverage of Indianapolis, Altoona and West Virginia in the past week. All of these reports are combined and used each week to highlight the top performers during that time span. We go with the top ten hitters and pitchers, giving you the 20 best players from last week.
Johan De Jesus, INF, Bristol - The Pirates liked De Jesus enough as a young shortstop to give him a $200,000 bonus on his 16th birthday. His first two seasons in the DSL were a bust, as he showed no signs of being a prospect or making progress. Things got worse though, as he was suspended the entire 2015 season due to PEDs. When De J...
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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.