DSL Pirates Report: Shortstop Adrian Valerio is Starting to Heat Up at the Plate
Jun15

DSL Pirates Report: Shortstop Adrian Valerio is Starting to Heat Up at the Plate

After the first week of the Dominican Summer League season, we mentioned how the team’s pitching was so bad, that it was overshadowing a strong effort on offense. The pitching was still rather poor in week two, but the Pirates went 4-2 this past week, so you could say the offense overshadowed the poor pitching. The Pirates had the worst ERA in the 36-team league until one of the Mets affiliates passed them by 0.02 on Saturday....

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DSL Pirates Report: First Week Pitching Woes Overshadow Strong Offense
Jun08

DSL Pirates Report: First Week Pitching Woes Overshadow Strong Offense

The first full week of the Dominican Summer League season is in the books and the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate is off to a 1-6 start. As I pointed out in the season preview, the team seemed to be loaded with offense and there wasn’t much pitching to talk about. So far, that has been the case, because the pitching has allowed 68 runs and the offense has scored nearly seven runs a game. What I didn’t know when I gathered all...

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Prospect Watch: Two Homers For Tony Sanchez, Three Hits By Gregory Polanco
Jun04

Prospect Watch: Two Homers For Tony Sanchez, Three Hits By Gregory Polanco

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Stolmy Pimentel #13). If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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2014 DSL Pirates Preview: Another Wave Of High Upside Offensive Talent
May31

2014 DSL Pirates Preview: Another Wave Of High Upside Offensive Talent

The Pittsburgh Pirates had two Dominican Summer League teams last year and spread the talent out between both clubs. With the added affiliate in Bristol this season, the DSL Pirates2 are no more, at least short-term. That leaves you with a team that is deep in the outfield, infield and behind the plate, but not many pitchers of note. A lot of players from the DSL last year moved to the States this season, including the best of the...

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DSL Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Pitchers
Aug30

DSL Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Pitchers

The Pirates had two teams in the Dominican Summer League that played well and their starting pitching carried them all season. They had a group of eight pitchers between their two rotations, that all had excellent seasons. Possibly the most impressive part is that two of their top starters went down early in the season, so with those two players includes in the conversation, they could have filled every spot with a good starter. Even...

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