Winter Leagues

Ten Pittsburgh Pirates Drafted by Winter Ball Teams, Including Alemais, Cruz, Nunez and Valerio

Stephen Alemais was the only player taken in the Dominican draft from the Pirates who has played above Low-A. Photo Credit: Wilbur Miller
Ten Pittsburgh Pirates Drafted by Winter Ball Teams, Including Alemais, Cruz, Nunez and Valerio
John Dreker

The Dominican winter league held it's annual rookie draft on Thursday night. The basic idea of the draft is that teams pick players from the Dominican, with the occasional foreign-born players with Dominican heritage mixed in. The players are usually in Low-A, although they can be players who haven't got that far in pro ball yet. The players chosen in the draft then belong to those Dominican teams if they choose to play winter ball. It doesn't mean they will play for the team, and if they do, they may not play for the major league club in the league right away. Younger players instead play with the minor league teams, who occasionally play DSL clubs during their fall instructional league.

Most players in the Dominican league have at least some Double-A experience. As you will see with t...

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Winter Leagues
John Dreker

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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