Daily Prospect Profile: Orlando Castro

For the last two weeks, I’ve considered writing about Orlando Castro after each of his starts.  However, two things usually happened.  First, there would be someone else that would have a big night, warranting a write up.  Second, I would say to myself “I’ll get Castro next time”.  Castro has been excellent this year with the GCL Pirates, allowing two earned runs in 25 innings, with a 22:2 K/BB ratio.  It seems...

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2011 GCL Pirates Preview: Pitchers

The GCL Pirates began their season on Monday.  Below is a look at the pitchers who will start the year on the 2011 GCL roster.  Also, be sure to check out our preview of the position players. Luis Heredia The 16 year old Heredia, who turns 17 in August, signed for $2.6 M out of Mexico last year, making him the highest paid international amateur in Pirates history.  There’s a good reason Heredia was paid that amount, and a lot of...

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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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2010 VSL Pirates Preview

The Venezuelan Summer League Pirates were one of the best stories in the Pirates organization during the 2009 season.  The VSL Pirates finished with the best record in the league, going 48-22, but losing in the championship 2 games to 1 to the VSL Rays. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the VSL, here is a quick rundown of the league rules and set-up: -Only 7 teams in the league (Pirates, Mariners, Cardinals, Tigers,...

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