For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day.
Result: Rockies 3, Pirates 0
Starting Pitcher: Jose Regalado, RHP (5-3, 2.84) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Top Hitter: Pablo Reyes, 2B (.310) – 2-for-4
Other Notable Performers:
Julio de la Cruz, DH (.205) – 0-for-4
Tito Polo, CF (.290) – 0-for-3
Jonathan Minier, RHP (1.93) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR
Johan De Jesus, SS (.141) – 1-for-3
Game Notes: The Pirates1 had their eight game win streak snapped, losing 3-0 to the Rockies. The Pirates1 were able to collect just four hits all game, all singles. They drew one walk and struck out nine times. Pablo Reyes was the only Pirates player with two hits. Jose Regalado took the loss due to one unearned run over five innings. He continued his impressive season though, one that has seen him allow just two walks in 44.1 innings, while striking out 38 batters. The three Pirates pitchers didn’t allow a walk. A recap of the DSL All-Star game that was held on Sunday, can be found here.
Result: Pirates 1, Orioles2 0
Starting Pitcher: Julio Vivas, RHP (3-2, 2.74) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
Top Hitter: Gustavo Barrios, 2B (.207) – 1-for-3, RBI, SB
Other Notable Performers:
Jhoan Herrera, 3B (.255) – 1-for-3
Michael de la Cruz, DH (.336) – 1-for-3
Francis Rodriguez, RHP (4.68) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Yoel Gonzalez, C (.131) – 0-for-3
Game Notes: The Pirates2 got strong starting pitching from Julio Vivas, who threw five shutout innings in his best outing of the year. He picked up his third win of the season. Francis Rodriguez followed Vivas and picked up the save by throwing four shutout innings. He began the year as a starter, but since moving to the bullpen, Rodriguez has allowed one run over nine innings. The Pirates2 matched the Pirates1 with just four hits, all singles. Gustavo Barrios drove in the only run, scored by Alexis Bastardo, who reached via walk. Michael de la Cruz singled once in three AB’s. The top prospect among Pirates in the DSL has reached base 26 times in the last ten games.
Player Of The Day
Today’s player of the day is Henrry Rosario, a 20-year-old outfielder in his second season in the DSL. He had a decent rookie season despite a low average. He hit .226, but showed a little bit of power and drew 29 walks. Rosario also spent most of his time in center field, where he made just one error and had ten assists. In his second season, the 5’9″ lefty has not looked good at the plate. He is hitting .175 through 24 games and he has a .667 OPS. He also isn’t playing center field anymore, where most of his value comes from. With top prospect Michael de la Cruz on the same team, Rosario has been spending most of his time in right field. The one upside this season has been better baserunning. Last year he was successful on just six of his 15 stolen base attempts. This season he has stolen three bases in three attempts. After last season, the power and defense made him a potential player to watch, but as of right now it looks like he may not make it to the states without a strong finish to his season. Even then, he would probably need another season in the DSL.