DSL Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Hitters

The DSL Pirates clubs were ranked sixth and 19th in the 35 team league in OPS. As a group, they have a decent amount of six figure bonus players. Some lived up to those numbers, while others did not. Some players, that were signed rather quietly (aka low bonus) ended up having big years. The Pirates chose to move players like Edwin Espinal and Dilson Herrera to the GCL with minimal experience and high-priced signings from the 2011...

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International Prospect Trends: July 2012

Back in early July, I did an in-depth look at the two Dominican Summer League teams of the Pittsburgh Pirates, with early season notes on the players to watch. We now take a look at how some of those players have performed over the month of July, as well as a couple new names to watch. Maximo Rivera has seen his numbers drop off slightly over the last month, but this is still a breakout season for the highly touted 19-year-old, who...

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International Prospect Trends: June 2012

In early June, we did a Dominican Summer League preview, outlining some of the key players joining and returning to the DSL this season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The first month of the season is done, so it’s time to look back on how the aforementioned players have performed, as well as add some new names to the list of players to watch. Starting with the hitters for the team known as the DSL Pirates1, the more talented of the...

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Pirates Sign International Free Agent Dennis Hurtarte

The Pirates have signed their first player from Guatemala, first baseman Dennis Hurtarte. He was watched by numerous teams in the last three months during tryouts in both the Dominican and in Florida.  His agent had close ties with the Mariners, Braves and Mets but the Pirates were able to sign him. He played five years in a baseball academy called Galvez Sobral in Guatemala and has been watched by scouts for years. The Pirates agreed...

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