Jose Pirela was originally thought of as a shortstop signed as a non-draftee in 2006 from Venezuela. In his second year now at Double-A Trenton Thunder the 23 year old has been moved all over the infield diamond with second base being his best position.
After a rough 2011 with the bat, last year Pirela in 82 games ended up batting .293 with 33 RBIs 55 runs scored and nine stolen bases. Jose is a switch hitter with little power, but sprays the ball to all fields including the gaps. He has good instincts on the basepaths, but has lost some speed bulking up his 5' 10' frame to 195.
If he doesn't improve his power Pirela may only be an above average utility player instead of the everyday variety.
Pirela will start out once again at Trenton with the hopes of moving up to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre before the end of the year. Scouts have said there is the outside chance of him making the roster as a utility infielder given the age and injuries to the Yankees infield. That would be a big stretch to go from Double-A to the Majors with no time in Triple-A Scranton.
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