Dariel Lopez Continues To Answer Each Challenge Given

Dariel Lopez was one of several young prospects the Pirates pushed up to Bradenton in 2021, making them one of the youngest teams in the league. It worked out perfectly, as the Marauders walked away the Low-A Southeast champions. 

It was quite a challenge for Lopez, and the rest of the prospects at that level. Without minor league baseball in 2020, this was a first look at professional baseball in the United States for most of them. Lopez was one of the ones that really responded.

“Last year was his first in the United States,” Pittsburgh Pirates farm director John Baker told Pirates Prospects. “He went from the DSL to Bradenton, which is a really big jump for an 18-year-old. He was challenged. We challenged him, but we stuck with it, and gave him consistent playing time, and last ye...



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I think the foreign born players struggle with not knowing the language. The inability to communicate can lead to loneliness and acting out. I think once those players get comfortable with the language things becomes easier for them to adjust too.


Has it occurred to anyone that island guys like Lopez probably hate cold weather in April. The good pirate teams in the 70’s usually started slow and caught fire when the weather warmed


Lopez has had a great season and one of the few prospects in the entire system having a great season…Rodriguez, Bowen, Bae, and a few others…..not many. Hopefully he will prove to be the real deal, because I do not see many potential cornerstone pieces in the entire system….just a lot of role player types….

Shackelford has had a nice season in AA and he is way overdue for a move up to AAA, given his age. Sabol is another in Altoona that needs to be moved up….the Pirates prospects tend to grow stale at the AA and AAA levels because the team is so slow to promote and value veteran castoffs over their own prospects. We still have the likes of VanMeter, Allen, Wilson, Underwood, and now Brice in Pittsburgh….ugh


I’m not sure where he will play defensively, but the bat seems real. Excited to see him in AA next year!


Yep, the challenges he has met are all on the offensive side. Defense has been an adventure at 3B and SS, and not quite as bad at 2B. What do you think about he as a RH hitting 1B? He was tried at 1B for a handful of games in the DSL, and fielded at a 944 percentage.

I think as he matures, he may develop better skills for the left side of the infield, but, for now, I would give him reps at 1B, and see if he can pick it up.


He is big enough to play there….Mitchell should be playing there at Indy…Martin is not a prospect and I am not very enthused about Nunez who is more of a DH type.

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