In Venezuela, Jose Osuna received his suspension for his fight over the weekend with Bruce Rondon of the Detroit Tigers. Osuna has been suspended for six games, receiving a bigger penalty than some others involved in the fight because he took his helmet off and swung it at Rondon. An interesting side note to the suspension is that it could cost him the Rookie of the Year award, since he won't be playing for a week. He has been mentioned among the top three choices due to his .330/.393/.503 slash line in 53 games.

In Colombia, Harold Ramirez is leading the league in OPS through 22 games. He has a .397/.478/.534 slash line in 58 at-bats, with four doubles, two triples, five walks and he's been hit by a pitch five times. The only downside seems to be his 0-for-3 in stolen bases. Ramirez be...

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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.