The Reds just split a series with us. And while it was probably better to win the series at home, 2-2 is not too bad. On to the Angels. But today is about the excitement of short season ball. Allow me to speak about who I am watching closely.
In Jamestown it I am watching Harold Ramirez. He got a huge bonus a few years ago and looks to be a guy who can play. Had a good year last year, and so the jump in competition is going to be revealing.
Elvis Escobar is also looking good as another outfielder. Jamestown should not have problem with outfields spots with two legit prospects on the team.
Others are excited about Jin-De-Jhang. I don't know a lot about him, but he has hype and two early homers, so he will get a watch.
Colten Brewer is still a pitcher I am looking forward to see. He needs to stay healthy, but I think he still has rotation potential.
More guys will come to this team as more sign from the draft.
The GCL Pirates are even more interesting. Here we get to see a lot of the high schoolers who signed this year and some who will still be signing.
Other than this year's stock I am hoping to see a good turn out from Candon Myles in the outfield. He has a high upside.
Catcher looks stacked as I am sure everyone is going to be watching Reece McGuire, but I will also be hoping to see a good amount of Danny Arribas, a Dutchman who has some good international experience, and he is very young. Able to play other positions, so it will be interesting to see if they let him in other places to get him some extra at bats. He did play in the DSL last year and hit over .300.
Pitching should be interesting. Jonathan Sandfort had some control issues here last year, but only was in 8 games. Hayden Hurst is one to keep an eye upon as well as he makes his debut. Hopefully more signings will lead to more people ending up here as well.
Either way, it looks a like a great day for the Pirates, both now and in the future.
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