The Pittsburgh Pirates will have a lot of new international players in minor league camp this year, with 39 guys making the jump to the US for Spring Training. Not all of these players are guaranteed to stay in the US. There have been several cases where a player spends time in Spring Training, only to return to the DSL for the start of the season. However, it seems that in this case, the Pirates will have a lot of guys coming up, mostly due to the addition of the Bristol Pirates.
With one additional farm team to fill, the Pirates will need plenty of extra players, and not all of those players will be coming from the 2014 draft. So it makes sense that they will basically be bringing up enough players from the DSL for one and a half teams, since those guys will now be needed for two short season teams at the rookie ball level.
Here is a list of the players who are already in camp, or who are expected to be in camp this year. The notable players are highlighted below the list.
Michael De La Cruz
The Guys to Watch
Michael De La Cruz – He’s the top prospect coming out of the DSL this year, and our 20th best prospect in the system. Read about him here.
Alexis Bastardo, Tito Polo, Jose Regalado, Pablo Reyes, Dario Agrazal – All made John Dreker’s top ten prospects from the 2013 DSL Pirates. You can read their scouting reports at that link.
Jose Batista, Eduardo Figueroa, Rudy Guzman, Christian Henriquez, Carlos Munoz, Ramon Rodriguez, Dan Urbina, Eduardo Vera – All of these guys were on the “ten more to watch” list from the above 2013 DSL link.
Sam Kennelly and Nick Hutchings – Both players were signed out of Australia during the 2012-13 signing period. Kennelly, a shortstop, received a $225,000 bonus, and has three brothers in pro ball, all playing in the minors. John Dreker profiled Kennelly over the off-season.
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.