The Pittsburgh Pirates have released eight players from their Dominican Summer League team. The most surprising name among the group is first baseman Dennis Hurtarte, who was one of the best Pirates hitters during the second half last year in the DSL and the reports on his Spring Training this year were great. Hurtarte was already signed by the Baltimore Orioles, who plan to bring him to the US later this week.

The other seven players released are as follows:

Yunior Aquiles, outfielder that was signed to a six-figure bonus in 2010, but he never panned out. He was described as raw when he signed, with high upside due to his speed and potential power. Aquiles has an incredible arm from the outfield, but didn't show anything in three seasons. He was used sparingly in 2011, then saw plen...

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