Tag: Michael De La Cruz

Pirates Release a Large Group of Minor Leaguers, Including Some High...

The Pittsburgh Pirates released eight minor league players on Tuesday, including some of their top signings over recent years. Many of the top international outfielders signed recently were in the group, including Michael de la Cruz ($700,000), Yondry Contreras ($400,000) and Jeremias Portorreal ($375,000). De la Cruz was the top signing in 2012, while Portorreal […]
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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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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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Pirates Prospects 2016 Mid-Season Top 50 Prospects

At the start of the 2016 season, I wrote about “The Next Wave” — the group of prospects who would join the Pirates in 2016, helping to lead to their playoff push this year, while making them contenders for years to come. That group has already started to make their impact. Jameson Taillon and Adam […]
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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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Morning Report: What Has the DSL Produced Lately for the Pirates?

With the Dominican Summer League team starting on Saturday, we are taking a look at what that league has produced recently for the Pittsburgh Pirates as far as MLB players and prospects. Yesterday, we looked at the 2008-11 teams, then posted the 2016 season preview in the afternoon. This group today is too recent for […]
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Pirate City Notes: Yeudy Garcia, Tyler Eppler, Luis Escobar, and More

BRADENTON, Fl. – Today was a camp day at Pirate City, which is always one of my favorite days. The games were only seven innings, but you’ve got four teams in action, which means 28 innings of Pirates pitching prospects, and 28 innings of Pirates hitting prospects. If you’re there to watch the Pirates prospects, […]
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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: The Gap in Talent Between the DSL and GCL

For the second year in a row, the top prospect coming over from the DSL, has had some trouble adjusting to the GCL. Last year, we saw Michael de la Cruz really struggle with the jump, though he had multiple injuries and a tough time being 17 years old and away from home for the […]
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Morning Report: Multiple Players Struggling With Jump From DSL to GCL...

If it wasn’t for Ke’Bryan Hayes, the GCL Pirates would have a horrible offense this year. With his 1.024 OPS, which ranks fourth in the league, the Pirates as a team still only have a .656 OPS. What might surprise you to hear, is that compared to the rest of the league, they are actually […]
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