With both the major league and minor league season coming to an end, fans will now look forward to winter league and Arizona fall league updates soon. On Wednesday, five Pirates prospects were selected by a singular team to play in the Dominican Winter League.
The Pirates’ prospects in question are Liover Peguero (2nd round), Yoyner Fajardo (7th round), Dariel Lopez (8th round), Adrian Florencio (8th round), and Emmanuel Mejia (13th round). All five of these prospects were selected by the Cibao Giants, who most recently won the 2014-2015 winter league title.
UPDATE: since the making of this article, an additional 6 Pirate prospects have been selected to play winter league ball.
- Endy Rodriguez
- Eddy Yean
- Maikol Escotto
- Luis Ortiz
- Domingo Gonzales
- Michell Miliano
Liover Peguero had 2 no doubters last night! pic.twitter.com/0CN3kOkRwe
— Greensboro Grasshoppers (@GSOHoppers) June 27, 2021
— Pirates Unrestricted (Rodolfo Stan) (@P_Unrestricted) July 11, 2021
Adrian Florencio loooves to challenge with the high heat. He will have to figure out other ways to get outs when/if he gets the GBO call but maaaan is it fun to watch him in @The_Marauders. *side note this was taken from his last start. pic.twitter.com/2lAmRz2iO0
— Pirates Unrestricted (Rodolfo Stan) (@P_Unrestricted) August 10, 2021
¡Nuestra 7ma selección es el infielder Yoyner Fajardo! ¡Bienvenido! 🐎 pic.twitter.com/ExUawtlyNf
— Gigantes del Cibao ® (@Gigantes_Cibao) September 9, 2021
This is Emmanuel Mejia, in 26.1 innings of work for @The_Marauders he has posted a 0.00 ERA, 35 K’s, and has held opponents to a .161 AVG. He has a slight problem walking folks with 17.
He turned 22 in December. pic.twitter.com/xLFD2puYe4
— Pirates Unrestricted (Rodolfo Stan) (@P_Unrestricted) August 9, 2021
Of course, the biggest prospect on this list is Liover Peguero, and it remains to be seen if the Pirates have given the green light on any of these players to continue into the winter. It would make the most sense to allow at least the hitters to continue for the sake of more reps and at-bats.