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Pittsburgh Pirates Claim Shortstop Engelb Vielma

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Pittsburgh Pirates Claim Shortstop Engelb Vielma
John Dreker

The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed shortstop Engelb Vielma from the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday afternoon. The 23-year-old Vielma has been claimed off waivers three times since September. He has two options remaining and the Pirates now have 38 spots filled on their 40-man roster.

Vielma was originally signed by the Minnesota Twins as an international free agent in 2011 out of Venezuela. Baseball America placed him among the top 30 prospects for the Twins each year from 2014-16, topping out at 18th best in 2015. That season, he was also the 19th best prospect in the Florida State League.

According to his 2016 scouting report from BA, Vielma is a plus defender at shortstop, who was the best in the Minnesota system at the position.

While he has hit for average, he doesn't walk a lot...

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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.

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