Tag: Julio de la Cruz

Dario Agrazal Provides the Pirates with Hope from Their 2012-13 International...

We plan to have an article dedicated to the international side each Sunday throughout the season. So until the Dominican Summer League begins play on June 2nd, we will look at recaps of the previous international signing classes and see where they currently stand. Today we look at the progress of the 2012-13 signing class. […]
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Pittsburgh Pirates Release Another Large Group of Minor Leaguers; Espinal Signs...

A day after we announced that the Pittsburgh Pirates released eight minor league players, Pirates Prospects has learned that the total group was expanded to 15 players released this week. Here are the seven additional players, along with a brief write-up on each of them. Julio de la Cruz is the big ticket name in […]
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Morning Report: Bristol Hitters Struggled Through the First Half of Their...

The Bristol offense this year has been disturbingly bad through the first half of the Appalachian League season. The pitching isn’t much better with a 4.77 ERA that ranks next to last, but the offense has a .649 OPS, which is 43 points behind the second worst team in the league. That is despite Victor […]
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2016 Bristol Pirates Season Preview and Top 10 Prospects

The Pirates added an additional rookie level team in Bristol before the 2014 season, essentially replacing their second DSL team (which went away that year) and moving the extra team up a few levels. Bristol falls between the GCL and Morgantown on the talent scale. The average age is about half a year older in […]
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The Bristol Pirates Top 10 Prospects Led By High Upside Pitchers

The Bristol Pirates didn’t have a great team this year from a prospect standpoint. They featured some of the most promising young arms in the lower levels of the system, but outside of the rotation, there weren’t any prospects who could make our top 50. There were a few interesting stories to follow, highlighted by […]
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Morning Report: The Difference Between Two High-Bonus Players

Back in 2012, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Michael de la Cruz and Julio de la Cruz to $700,000 bonuses. They were the keys to the July 2nd signing class and no one has received a bonus that size since. Besides the common last name and the same bonus, they are very different players. Michael has […]
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Morning Report: Checking the Progress of the 2012 DSL Top Ten...

Back in 2012, we posted a top ten prospect list for the Pirates players in the Dominican Summer League. With the DSL season ending last Saturday, it’s time to see how these players have progressed in the last two years. This list was based of a combination of scouting reports, stats, player’s size and age, […]
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Prospect Highlights: First Look at Big Bonus Third Baseman

During the 2012 July 2nd signing period, the Pittsburgh Pirates gave out two $700,000 bonuses, one to center fielder Michael de la Cruz, and another to third baseman Julio de la Cruz. Despite the same last name and equal bonuses, the two are not related. Both are on the same path towards the Majors, spending […]
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2014 GCL Pirates Season Preview

This GCL team has the most upside of any of the three short-season teams in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system. The top prospects at the level include first round pick Cole Tucker, and second round picks Mitch Keller and Trey Supak. They also have Michael de la Cruz, who is the top international prospect making the […]
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2014 DSL Pirates Preview: Another Wave Of High Upside Offensive Talent

The Pittsburgh Pirates had two Dominican Summer League teams last year and spread the talent out between both clubs. With the added affiliate in Bristol this season, the DSL Pirates2 are no more, at least short-term. That leaves you with a team that is deep in the outfield, infield and behind the plate, but not […]
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