Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Meet a Prospect: Jose Pirela

Jose Manuel Pirela was born on November 21, 1989 in Valera, Trujillo, Venezuela. Pirela is a right handed infielder in the New York Yankees organization. Pirela has also played for the Aguilas del Zulia of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League while under contract with New York, with permission from the team of course.

Pirela signed with the New York Yankees as an International free agent in 2007 after signing for a $300,000 signing bonus. Pirela was immediately sent to the Dominican Summer League Yankees 1 team. Pirela stumbled around the Yankees minor league system until he reached Triple-A with the Scranton Wilkes Barre RailRiders for the first time in 2013 where he stayed until yesterday afternoon. Pirela spent the entire 2014 season with the RailRiders where he hit .305/.351/.441 with ten home runs.

Pirela will spend the rest of September in the Bronx with the Yankees before he becomes a minor league free agent after this season. I have been beating the drum to get Pirela on the team for quite some time now so this made me smile, although the loss of Prado really hurts.  Good luck Jose!


  1. So Pirela was called up to replace the injured Prado and Girardi still feels that Drew, Ryan, and Suzuki are better options. If I was an owner or even a GM, I would be demanding an explanation by now. I've never been one to micromanage, but if my employees do something that doesn't make sense, I want an explanation!

  2. For once I don't exactly disagree with this move. You have to remember that Pirela hasn't played a game in easily two weeks. It's not like he was expecting a September call up and stayed in shape and got his timing right, etc.

    I wouldn't expect to see Pirela before the weekend. I'm honestly ok with that as shocking as that is.


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