Right-handed pitcher Julio Eusebio is in a much different place this off-season than he was at this time last year. After pitching briefly in winter ball in the Dominican Republic last year, he returned home to New York to be with his ailing father. That led to him missing some of his off-season training and coming into Spring Training this year behind everyone else. His father is doing much better this off-season and Eusebio has been able to focus on getting ready for what he considers to be a big 2018 season.

When Eusebio first joined the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2014, he showed up on the Spring Training roster without any transaction announcement. Until recently, we thought he was signed as an international free agent, even though his birthplace has always been listed as New York, NY si...

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