Prospect Watch: Big Day for Yordany De Los Santos; Two Draft Picks Debut

It’s Monday, so the full-season teams are off and the short-season teams take center stage. Yesterday we posted our first Draft Report article, which will run every Sunday for the next 6-7 weeks, depending on minor league playoffs. It was noted that only one draft pick has played so far, but more should be appearing very soon. Could that be today with the FCL Pirates? We shall soon see…


Prospect Watch: Lots of Runs Scored Around the System


Game Time: 12:00 PM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Wilbur Dotel (2-0, 1.29)

  • Final Line:  3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO

Notable Performances:

Braylon Bishop 1-for-5, 2 RBI

Tres Gonzalez 0-for-2

Enmanuel Terrero 1-for-1, BB, 2 SB

Nick Gonzales 2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI, SB

Lolo Sanchez 0-for-4, RBI, BB

Nick Cimillo 2-for-3 RBI

Javier Rivas 0-for-4

Alexander Mojica 0-for-3

Omar Alfonzo 1-for-3, BB

Jesus Castillo 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Recap:

The Pirates won 11-6 over the Twins, putting out a lineup full of interesting players (see notable performances). Wilbur Dotel started and was one of seven pitchers used in the game. As a group they walked ten batters, with Dotel, Roelmy Garcia and Joaquin Tejada contributing six runs and eight walks in six innings. The offense was the real story. Nick Gonzales played his second rehab game, going 2-for-4 with a single, triple, 2 RBIs and a stolen base. Draft picks Tres Gonzalez and Nick Cimillo each debuted, playing partial games. Cimillo had two singles, a run and an RBI. Jesus Castillo had two hits to raise him to a .393 average, which is 31 points higher than second place in the league. Enmanuel Terrero is hitting .344 after a single, walk and two steals (nine for the season). Braylon Bishop had just a single in five at-bats, but he scored twice and drove in a pair.


Game Time: 11:00 AM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Adolfo Oviedo (0-1, 4.94)

  • Final Line: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Ewry Espinal 0-for-3, BB

Angel Rodriguez 1-for-3, RBI

Eduardo Oviedo 0-for-3

Rodolfo De La Cruz 0-for-3

Dioris Valdez 0-for-1, 2 BB, SB

Game Recap:

This game needs a do over for the offense. The Pirates had just one hit and 14 strikeouts in a seven-inning game. Starter Adolfo Oviedo did well, throwing three shutout innings. Three runs scoring in the next two innings, but only one was earned. Yoerys Hernandez finished things off with 2.1 shutout frames. Angel Rodriguez had the only hit, a single that drove in Dioris Valdez, who had two walks and a stolen base. Delfin Ramirez had two walks. Rodriguez was the only one who didn’t contribute to the obscene strikeout total. Everyone else went 0-for-18 with 14 strikeouts.


Game Time: 11:00 AM

Box Score: LINK

Starting Pitcher: Victor Cabreja (3-0, 4.81)

  • Final Line:  0.1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO

Notable Performances:

Yordany De Los Santos 3-for-5, 3B, 4 RBI

Roinny Aguiar 0-for-1, BB

Eddy Rodriguez 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, 2 BB

John Zorrilla 0-for-4

Ruben Vizcaya 0-for-2, 2 BB, 3 Runs

Game Recap:

Pirates starter Victor Cabreja allowed four runs while recording just one out, but the Pirates were able to win 8-7. Reliever Fares Sanchez was the hero with 3.2 no-hit innings and he stranded two inherited runners. Three other relievers combined to allow three runs, but all were unearned. Top prospect Yordany De Los Santos had a big game. He collected his first triple, two singles and drove in four runs. He’s up to a .288 average and an .810 OPS for the season. Juan Machado went 3-for-5 and stole his 13th base. Wesley Zapata had two hits, including his 14th double. Isaias Dipre collected his 12th double. Eddy Rodriguez had two hits and an RBI.

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I guess Plaz is not playing anymore because he hit well and needs complete bed rest.


Keep wondering where he is. Ideally he would be in Florida now, but he is only 16 (I think he turns 17 this month) so that actually might not be prudent, but he has destroyed the ball when he has played.


Wait is that THREE Rodolfo’s in the system?


If I’m not mistaken, seems like Javier Rivas has gotten more praise than Jesus Castillo this year. Obviously they’re both mashing, and I love having two breakout shortstops in the FCL swinging hot bats. I know at their age the stat line is not the most important thing, but just wondering what gives Rivas an edge over Castillo as a prospect? They’re the same age at the same level, does one have better defense or a more projectable body?

Wilbur Miller

Rivas is far more projectable. I like Castillo, but he has no power at all. He’s a good defender, but Rivas will make highlight reel plays. He’s much more likely to stick at short than Castillo.


Exactly what I wanted to know, thanks for the scouting report!


Cimillo, easily favorite sleeper from this draft. Reminds me of Chris Sharpe.


i wonder why de los santos isn’t rated higher on pirates lists. big bonus international signing. actually hitting well in his first season. plays a premium position.

don’t hear much about him. quite odd


Yordany? Neither the stats nor bonus are loud enough to draw attention for a kid who hasn’t even made it stateside. Patience my friend!

Last edited 1 month ago by NMR

hm? 1.2m bonus for yordany. i believe top 5 bonus all time for the pirates. 11th ranked prospect on the mlb list. his .810 ops is above the league average of .713. also still just 17.

i’m not saying he should be ranked number one or anything. but not even top 30? i just find it interesting.

maybe i just have high expectations dunno lol.


Comment still stands regarding DSL, but I’d forgotten he got that much. Thanks for correcting me!


no problem. and fair enough, regarding the DSL. definitely far away.

Wilbur Miller

It’s awfully hard when you haven’t seen these guys. I can think of examples of guys where my view changed completely just from seeing them briefly. Remember Julio De La Cruz? He got $700K from the Pirates 9-10 years ago, which was I think the second largest bonus they’d paid on the int’l front at that time. The first time I saw him in the GCL, I thought, WTF? He didn’t look good at any phase of the game. Tim was there and had seen DLC several times before. I asked Tim whether he always looked like that. Tim laughed and said yep.

An example in the other direction is Javier Rivas, whom I’ve talked about a lot this year. I liked him a lot even before he started actually hitting well.


i remember him yep  😂  ahh the memories.

but yes. definitely something to keep in mind. unfortunately i can only stat watch. so that’s what i’m basing my opinions off of.

i hope yordany looks as good as his stat line. or better!

Wilbur Miller

Twins playing full-on bumbleball today. Should be at least 5 errors thru 3.

Interesting part is, you see that a lot at this level, but not from this Pirates team.

As I was typing this, a throw from RF to 2B got away. Bishop, playing left, was right there backing up so no harm.

Bishop also had a nice sliding catch after covering a ton of ground.

Wilbur Miller

Cimillo, Tres Gonzalez and Nick G in FCL lineup.


And Nick whiffs in his first AB. Oof.

Wilbur Miller

Well, triple to right center second time.


i was confused as to why gonzo and lolo were back in the fcl. then i realized bradenton is off, and it’s probably just to get them more game time.

Wilbur Miller

And NicKKK is doing his thing.


another first round whiff. ho hum


At least last year, the top high school guys all made debuts so hoping that means we get at least a taste of termarr this year

The Cobra

I agree. I mean…is there really a reason not to see him?

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