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Prospect Watch: Solid Pitching in the DSL Highlights a Slow Day of Action

Only the short-season teams play on Monday and both FCL teams had their games canceled for today and tomorrow


Season Preview


Starting Pitcher:

Notable Performances:

Game Recap: Canceled


Season Preview


Starting Pitcher:

Notable Performances:

Game Recap: Canceled



Starting Pitcher: Yoldin De La Paz 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO

Notable Performances:

Enmanuel Terrero 0-for-4

Javier Rivas 1-for-3

Shalin Polanco 0-for-2, BB

Omar Alfonzo 0-for-3

Ewry Espinal 0-for-1, BB, HBP, SB, 2 Runs

Ruben Vizcaya 1-for-2, 3B

Jesus Castillo 0-for-2, RBI

Game Recap: Yoldin De La Paz came into this game with a 1.84 ERA in 14.2 innings, with 18 strikeouts and an 0.95 WHIP. He improved on that ERA by posting four shutout innings on three hits, one walk and three strikeouts. Kevison Hernandez followed with one run on a hit and two walks in his only inning. Eliecer Romero took over in the sixth and he tossed two shutout innings for his third save. The Pirates won 4-1 despite having just three hits, two walks and they went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. They scored on two ground outs, a sacrifice fly by Jesus Castillo and a balk. Ruben Vizcaya hit his first career triple. Ewry Espinal reached base twice, scored twice and stole a base.



Starting Pitcher: Roelmy Garcia 2 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO

Notable Performances:

Jauri Custodio 1-for-3, 2B

Rodolfo De La Cruz 0-for-2, BB

Eddy Rodriguez 1-for-3

Dioris Valdez 1-for-3

Robert De Paula 0-for-3

Delfin Ramirez 0-for-2

Wesley Zapata 0-for-1, BB

Game Recap: Control issues have limited the innings/effectiveness of hard-throwing Roelmy Garcia this year. He came into the day with just 10.1 innings pitched in four starts and a relief appearances, though he had 19 strikeouts in that brief time. He started on Monday and had a typical outing, giving up a run on three walks and no hits, while striking out four batters. Luis Brito followed out of the bullpen with one shutout inning. Rafael Mendez tossed two shutout frames. Luis Joseph handled the sixth and seventh innings without issue. The Pirates had three hits and three walks, with no one reaching base more than once. Two of the six runners were thrown out on the bases. Just like their teammates on the Black squad, the Gold squad failed to get a hit with a runner in scoring position, which led to a 1-0 loss. Jauri Custodio hit a double for their only extra-base hit.

This morning I posted an early look at the 2020-21 international signing class for the Pirates. Of the 23 players they have signed, 22 have been assigned to the DSL teams (three haven’t debuted yet). One of those players was Juan Aramante, who I still needed a scouting report on. I got that today and here it is:

Aramante throws a fastball in the 89-91 MPH, easy arm action, maintains his velocity well and he has some command of the pitch, working both sides of the plate. It has heavy movement, with a tailing action. There’s room to add about another five MPH as well. His curveball is his best pitch, with good biting action and depth. He can use it in any count. It sits 74-77 MPH. It’s a swing-and-miss pitch. His changeup is 81-84 and it has the same tailing action as his fastball, though it’s clearly his third pitch now. He has good lower body strength, an easy, repeatable delivery and the potential to be a starter with his three-pitch mix.

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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.


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