Yankees Latin American Field Coordinator Victor Mata sat down with PinstripesPlus.com in a two-part…
Scouting Yankees Prospect #41: Jose Pirela
Vital Statistics: Name: Jose Pirela Position: Shortstop/Second Base DOB: November 21, 1989 Height: 6'1" Weight: 180 Bats: Right Throws: Right "Thanks to God, I felt like I had a really good year," Pirela said through the help of Dellin Betances translating. "I felt like my offense and my defense improved a lot this past season." Playing his professional debut season as 17-year old, he hit .305 through his first 24 games in the Dominican Summer League, but tailed off towards the end with a .256 in his last 41 games. "Pirela made great improvements," said Yankees Director of Latin American Scouting Carlos Rios. "He played a lot, got tired at the end, and made some errors early in the year. At the end he was outstanding in the playoffs defensively. We're happy. We saw a hitter mature and we saw a fielder mature at the end." While nobody is worried about his vast offensive potential, the early concerns were with his defensive abilities at shortstop. And while he did manage to...
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