We have two at-bats from first round draft pick Cole Tucker, taken from Friday’s GCL game. It’s proof that baseball has a way of evening things out. In one at-bat, he hits the ball well and the right fielder makes a nice play to rob him. On the other, just a soft grounder up the middle that gets by the pitcher for a hit. That hit was the only one for Tucker in his last five games. His average to start Monday was down to .279 and he had just one extra-base hit, but thanks to ten walks, he has a .426 on base percentage and a respectable .728 OPS in his first 13 games
We also have some video of other players from the GCL Pirates that don’t get mentioned often. None of them are considered prospects at this point, just players in the system at an early stage in their career. This is a first look at all four of these players. All these videos are courtesy of the GCL Pirates fan page.
Henrry Rosario, outfielder, 21 years old
Jonathan Minier, right-handed pitcher, 24 years old
Luis Benitez, outfielder, 20 years old
Carlos Munoz, first baseman, 20 years old
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.