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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