VSL Season Wrap Part One: The Hitters

The 2011 VSL Pirates were again a strong offensive team this year, and for the 6th straight year they played in the VSL playoffs defending their 2010 title against the Rays team.  They ended up losing the championship series two games to one, on a 7-2 loss yesterday. Just like last year I will be splitting up the season wrap-up into two articles, one for the pitchers and one for the hitters. From the 2010 season the VSL Pirates lost...

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VSL Season Wrap Part Two: The Pitchers

Check out Part One: The VSL Hitters The VSL Pirates were stacked with young first year players this year so it is no surprise that the team won the league title based more on offense than it did on pitching. They finished 5th in the six team league in ERA with a 4.19 clip and they had a 1.43 WHIP which tied them for third. The team put up a decent strikeout total finishing 2nd in the league with 414 and they were the 2nd best control...

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VSL/DSL Pirates Transactions

The Pirates have recently released five players from the VSL/DSL rosters and added five new players in their place. Earlier this year they needed help filling out innings while they awaited approval on contracts that were on hold due to age verification issues. They signed veterans of the DSL in the interim period to get them through the season.   The following players were released and all of them had previously played in the DSL...

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DSL Pirates Send Four to All-Star Game

The Dominican Summer League held its annual all-star game today and the Pirates team sent four players to the game including three players who made the starting lineup. Thirdbaseman Diego Goris, outfielders Jesus Vasquez and Raul Fortunato and pitcher Aneudy Merejo all represented the Pirates in the game. Raul Fortunato batted third and went 0-2 with a walk.  He is a speedy 20 year old centerfielder who has shown great improvements...

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Pirates Sign Venezuelan Outfielder Elvis Escobar

The Pirates have added their second big International signing during this year’s July 2nd signing period. The signing of Elvis Escobar, a 16 year old centerfielder from Venezuela was announced today by Ben Badler from Baseball America. The 5′ 9″ 165lb left-handed Escobar signed for $570,000 joining Harold Ramirez who signed yesterday for $1.05 M.    Escobar is described as having above average baseball instincts and...

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2011 Pittsburgh Pirates International Signing Tracker

We will be keeping track of all of the 2011 international signings made by the Pittsburgh Pirates, with bonus information when available. Below are the players the Pirates have signed. To read about these players, check out the signings news: Signings News: -Pirates sign Leandro Rodriguez (2/8/2011) -Pirates sign Cesar Lopez (3/1/2011) -Pirates sign Adolfo Flores, Juan Mendoza, Edgar Munoz, Anthony Claudio, Keybel Escobar (5/26/2011)...

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