Tag: Brian Sousa

Pirates Release Ten Minor League Pitchers

The Pittsburgh Pirates released ten minor league pitchers on Tuesday morning. According to the team press release, Wilmer Contreras, Sergio Cubilete, Bret Helton, Randy Jimenez, Yeudry Manzanillo, Evan Piechota, Will Reed, Logan Sendelbach, Brian Sousa and Mason Ward were all let go today. The list has a few surprises, but no players who were considered for […]
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Winter Leagues: Elias Diaz Doesn’t Receive Permission to Play Winter Ball

In Venezuela on Thursday night, Jose Osuna went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. He has collected seven doubles and driven in 13 runs already this winter in just 16 games. Osuna has a .387/.449/.581 slash line. He made his 11th straight start in right field. Elvis Escobar had his worst outing of the […]
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Winter Leagues: Prospect Recaps from Games in Six Countries

In Puerto Rico, 19-year-old second baseman Rodolfo Castro played his third game of the winter and went 1-for-4 with a single. He is 5-for-13 with five singles. In Colombia, Edgar Barrios started at shortstop and went 0-for-3 with a walk and run scored. In the ninth inning, Francisco Acuna batted for Barrios and struck out. […]
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Winter Leagues: Gage Hinsz Continues His Winter Dominance with Six Shutout...

In Puerto Rico on Wednesday night, Gage Hinsz continued his brilliant comeback from open heart surgery back in May. He tossed six shutout innings on four hits (all singles), one walk and he struck out eight batters. Hinsz has thrown shutout ball in four of his five winter starts. He was facing a lineup last […]
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Winter Leagues: Three More Hits for Jose Osuna; Strong Outing for...

In the Dominican on Thursday night, Erik Gonzalez was back at shortstop (he was the DH on Wednesday) and he went 0-for-4. That was after collecting two hits in each of his last two games. He is now hitting .246/.263/.307 in 29 games this winter. Michael Feliz needed just 20 pitches to get through 1.2 […]
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Big Upside Prep Pitchers Highlight the 2016 GCL Pirates Top 10

The GCL Pirates featured a lot of pitching talent this year. The Pirates spent most of their 2016 draft funds on over-slot prep pitchers, taking Travis MacGregor, Braeden Ogle, and Max Kranick in the top 11 rounds, and Austin Shields late in the draft. Those guys were joined by a group of international pitchers who received some […]
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Morning Report: Pirates Have Seen Struggles from Players Making the Jump...

Exactly one year ago, I mentioned that the players coming over from the Dominican Summer League were struggling with the jump to the United States, with most of the players going to the Gulf Coast League. There were some exceptions, like Yeudy Garcia going right to the West Virginia Power and pitching great, but for […]
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2016 GCL Pirates Season Preview and Top 10 Prospects

Out of the three Pirates short-season affiliates, the GCL team easily has the most upside. A big reason for this is due to the approach in the 2016 draft, where the Pirates drafted four prep pitchers in the top 11 rounds. Two of those pitchers have signed, and will be pitching out of the rotation. […]
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2015 DSL Pirates: Twelve Players to Watch

In the past for the DSL prospect list, we have done the top ten prospects to watch. I planned to do it that way this year until I started it and couldn’t even decide on the first spot. Usually a few players separate themselves from the pack, so you have a general idea about the […]
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Morning Report: Two High-Profile Signings Experiencing Injury-Filled Seasons

There have been a couple DSL injuries of note this month, because both were six-figure signings in July of 2014 and both have already been injured before these latest injuries. Catcher Gabriel Brito received the second highest bonus last year, signing for $200,000, while pitcher Brian Sousa got $160,000 and was called the best amateur […]
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