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Scouting Yankees Prospect #41: Jose Pirela

Pirela's bat is really special

The Yankees signed offensive-minded shortstop Jose Pirela for $300,000 out of Valera, Venezuela as part of their 'July 2nd' signing group in 2006. Possessing an intriguing combination of power and speed, he finished tied for the team-lead in home runs and second in stolen bases for DSL Yankees1 this past season.

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...

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