Pirate City Notes: Luis Heredia Hits 95 MPH, Throwing Four Shutout Innings
Mar22

Pirate City Notes: Luis Heredia Hits 95 MPH, Throwing Four Shutout Innings

Charlie Morton threw seven innings and 97 pitches at Pirate City today against the High-A Yankees team. I didn’t follow Morton’s start much, since he didn’t have much trouble with the competition, and was mostly focused on getting up to 100 pitches. The Pirates had some interesting guys to follow at Pirate City today, as both A-ball teams were here, and the short-season team had a game. Here are the highlights from...

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More Praise For Pirates Young Talent
Mar22

More Praise For Pirates Young Talent

In the latest issue of Baseball America, J.J. Cooper and others ranked the top players by age(from 16 to 25) and the Pittsburgh Pirates had five representatives on the list. For each age, Cooper listed the top five players, so 50 names in all made the list. Michael de la Cruz was named the fifth best 17-year-old. The center fielder was also named one of the top 20 players from the 2013 DSL/VSL season and one of ten international...

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Michael De La Cruz Named Top 20 DSL/VSL Prospect
Mar21

Michael De La Cruz Named Top 20 DSL/VSL Prospect

Ben Badler from Baseball America wrapped up his 2013 international signings recap with a look at the top 20 prospects in the two foreign leagues. The lone Pittsburgh Pirates representative was center fielder Michael de la Cruz, who was named our top DSL prospect to watch. Badler did not rank the prospects in any order, instead listing 20 players alphabetical. For de la Cruz, he praised his plate patience, which helped him lead the...

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Pirates International Players Who Could Make the Jump to the US in 2014
Feb28

Pirates International Players Who Could Make the Jump to the US in 2014

The Pittsburgh Pirates will have a lot of new international players in minor league camp this year, with 39 guys making the jump to the US for Spring Training. Not all of these players are guaranteed to stay in the US. There have been several cases where a player spends time in Spring Training, only to return to the DSL for the start of the season. However, it seems that in this case, the Pirates will have a lot of guys coming up,...

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Michael De La Cruz Named A Breakout International Prospect
Feb14

Michael De La Cruz Named A Breakout International Prospect

Baseball America released their top ten list of potential breakouts among international players and the Pittsburgh Pirates Michael de la Cruz made the list. The 17-year-old center fielder was ranked #20 in our 2014 Prospect Guide, the first international player that made our top 50 list before playing in the United States since Luis Heredia. Baseball America calls him “one of the most exciting players in the Dominican Summer...

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