The Pirates have recently released five players from the VSL/DSL rosters and added five new players in their place. Earlier this year they needed help filling out innings while they awaited approval on contracts that were on hold due to age verification issues. They signed veterans of the DSL in the interim period to get them through the season.
The following players were released and all of them had previously played in the DSL (three with other organizations) and had been released prior to 2011. Pitchers Joaquin Santamaria, Antonio Jimenez and Jose Garcia as well as catcher Yeffrey Jaquez. Garcia had actually pitched for West Virginia, the Pirates low-A affiliate, back in 2008 while they were still a Brewers farm club. Santamaria had two outings and retired just one batter posting...
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