Baseball is in the blood for outfielder John Lantigua. His family includes an uncle who scouted for the Los Angeles Dodgers for over 20 years. He has a cousin who pitched for the Dodgers, getting added to the 40-man roster before Tommy John surgery derailed his career. He also has another uncle who owns a professional team in the Dominican and also runs an academy for amateur players. That's where Lantigua's path to a pro contract really started.
Lantigua spent four years at his uncle's academy, which is where he finally got notice from the Pittsburgh Pirates. At 18 years old, he was older than most kids in the Dominican who sign their first pro contract. We know from following the amateur draft that plenty of high school kids go from marginal prospects to the top of their class during ...
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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.