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Scouting Yankees Prospect #30: Jose Pirela

Pirela has all of the intangibles

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. He had quietly gained strong support within the organization in his first two years and finally started showing some of that promise in his first taste of the long-season leagues in 2009.

Vital Statistics: Name: Jose Pirela Position: Shortstop/Second Base DOB: November 21, 1989 Height: 6'1" Weight: 190 Bats: Right Throws: Right He hit just .234 in an injury-shortened year with the Gulf Coast League Yankees in 2008 and as a result began the 2009 campaign in Extended Spring Training. However, a blazing start at the minor league complex found him quickly sent to Charleston...

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