2011 GCL Pirates Preview: Position Players

The GCL Pirates began their season on Monday.  Below is a look at the position players who will start the year on the 2011 GCL roster.  Also, be sure to check out our preview of the pitchers. Catcher Joey Schoenfeld returns to the Gulf Coast League, after spending parts of the last two seasons at the level.  Schoenfeld was a 10th round pick in the 2009 draft, and signed late, only getting 14 at-bats at the level.  Last year he...

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Jodaneli Carvajal Named Top International Prospect

Ben Badler from Baseball America recently posted what he considered the top 20 prospects who played in either the DSL or VSL in 2010. His only requirement was that the player had at least 100 plate appearances or 25 innings pitched. The article requires a subscription and can be viewed here. Representing the Pittsburgh Pirates on the list was Jodaneli Carvajal. He was signed by Pittsburgh as a 16 year old in June of 2008 for $350 K...

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Ten International Players to Watch

For those that don’t follow the players who have yet to come stateside,I figured I’d give a brief description of the players I think are the ones to watch.This isn’t necessarily a top ten list as I left off some players who are performing well in favor of higher priced kids,or ones who had more favorable scouting reports. As always with players in the DSL/VSL you take what they’re doing with a grain of salt...

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June Prospects Rundown: Rookie League Pirates

The Pirates have three rookie league teams: the Gulf Coast League Pirates, plus a team in the Venezuelan and Dominican Summer leagues.  Last year the VSL Pirates were one of the most interesting teams to watch in the Pirates’ system, due to a lot of talented international players like Exicardo Cayonez and Jorge Bishop.  This year those players have moved up to the GCL, while a new crop of players have arrived in the...

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2010 International Signing Period Preview

Last year at this time all of the talk was about Miguel Angel Sano, the top prospect on the international market, who was believed at the time to almost be a lock to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After a long summer filled with an age investigation, and a breakdown in communications between the Pirates and Sano’s agent, Rob Plummer, Sano ended up signing with the Minnesota Twins for about half a million more than what...

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