The Pittsburgh Pirates will no longer lease their academy in Venezuela according to Jennifer Langosch, thus ending their affiliation in the Venezuela Summer League. Starting next season they will have two teams in the Dominican Summer League.  There will be no change in the amount of players they sign as the Dominican Academy is big enough to handle two full 35 man rosters. All of the players currently under contract in the VSL will be transferred to the Dominican Academy. The DSL is known as having the higher quality of play between the two foreign leagues.

The VSL Pirates have won six straight pennants and they have had a team in the league since 2003.

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John Dreker
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.