Gulf Coast League Pirates

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Gulf Coast League Pirates
Founded in 1978
Bradenton, Florida
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Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Class Rookie League (1978–present)
Minor league affiliations
League Gulf Coast League (1978–present)
Division Gulf Coast League North
Major league affiliations
Current Pittsburgh Pirates (1978–present)
Minor league titles
League titles (1) 2012
Division titles (2) 2003, 2012
Team data
Nickname GCL Pirates (1978–present)
Ballpark Pirate City Complex
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Manager Milver Reyes

The Gulf Coast Pirates or GCL Pirates are the North Division Gulf Coast League Rookie Level minor league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team plays in Bradenton, Florida, at Pirate City Complex. Established in 1978, the team is composed mainly of players who are in their first year of professional baseball either as draftees or non-drafted free agents from the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and other countries. The team won division championships in 2002, 2003 and in 2008. The team's current manager is Milver Reyes. In 2012, the team won its first GCL Championship in team history.[1]

The 2009 GCL Pirates had nine players each from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, with the United States a distant third at six. There were the two highly publicized, pioneering Indian pitchers, Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, who became the first Indian-born players to sign professional baseball contracts in the United States,[2] a second baseman named Henry Henry from Colombia, two players from Puerto Rico, and one each from Mexico, Panama, Australia, Canada and one of the first three players ever signed out of South Africa, Gift Ngoepe, while one of the Americans, Chris Aure, is from Alaska. "We eat together in the cafeteria, but sometimes we try each other's foods," Ngoepe says. "I listen to the Indians' music when I go past their rooms, and they listen to my music from Africa. We tell each other stories about our home countries. We do everything together." "Everybody's the same here, like family," Venezuelan infielder Elevys Gonzalez says.[3]

Season-by-season[edit]

Year Record Win-Loss % Manager Regular Season Finish Playoffs
1977 22–32 .407 7th GCL Did not qualify
1978 21–32 .396 Woody Huyke 6th GCL Did not qualify
1979 20–32 .385 Woody Huyke 6th GCL Did not qualify
1980 24–39 .381 Woody Huyke 8th GCL Did not qualify
1981 32–28 .533 Woody Huyke 5th GCL Did not qualify
1982 27–35 .435 Woody Huyke 3rd GCL Did not qualify
1983 28–32 .467 Woody Huyke 3rd GCL North Did not qualify
1984 21–42 .333 Woody Huyke 5th GCL North Did not qualify
1985 15–47 .242 Woody Huyke 5th GCL North Did not qualify
1986 24–39 .381 Woody Huyke 5th GCL North Did not qualify
1987 33–30 .390 Woody Huyke 2nd GCL North Did not qualify
1988 26–37 .413 Julio Garcia 5th GCL South Did not qualify
1989 21–42 .333 Woody Huyke 8th GCL South Did not qualify
1991 30–29 .508 Woody Huyke 3rd GCL Central Did not qualify
1992 23–37 .383 Woody Huyke 4th GCL Central Did not qualify
1993 21–38 .356 Woody Huyke 7th GCL West Did not qualify
1994 25–35 .417 Woody Huyke 4th GCL West Did not qualify
1995 23–36 .390 Woody Huyke 4th GCL Northwest Did not qualify
1996 28–31 .475 Woody Huyke 3rd GCL Northwest Did not qualify
1997 27–32 .458 Woody Huyke 6th GCL Northwest Did not qualify
1998 25–35 .407 Woody Huyke 6th GCL West Did not qualify
1999 24–35 .407 Woody Huyke 5th GCL North Did not qualify
2000 34–26 .567 Woody Huyke 2nd GCL North Did not qualify
2001 22–34 .393 Woody Huyke 6th GCL West Did not qualify
2002 37–23 .617 Woody Huyke 1st GCL North Lost in Semi-Finals
2003 36–20 .643 Woody Huyke 1st GCL North Lost in Finals
2004 30–28 .517 Woody Huyke 3rd GCL South Did not qualify
2005 28–26 .519 Jeff Livesey 2nd GCL South Did not qualify
2006 27–26 .509 Turner Ward 4th GCL North Did not qualify
2007 26–30 .464 Tom Prince 4th GCL South Did not qualify
2008 37–19 .661 Tom Prince 1st GCL North Lost in Semi-Finals
2009 29–31 .483 Tom Prince 4th GCL North Did not qualify
2010 29–30 .492 Tom Prince 4th GCL North Did not qualify
2011 34–26 .567 Tom Prince 2nd GCL North Lost in Semi-Finals
2012 36–24 .600 Tom Prince 2nd GCL North Won GCL Championship

Roster[edit]

Gulf Coast League Pirates roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 41 Dario Agrazal
  • 38 Jose Batista
  • 12 Jake Burnette #
  • 32 Remy De Aza
  • 52 Christopher De Leon
  • 30 Gage Hinsz
  • 60 Hayden Hurst
  • 36 Nick Hutchings
  • 65 Mitch Keller
  • 34 Neil Kozikowski
  • 61 Jen-Lei Liao
  • 69 Jonathan Minier
  • 37 Yunior Montero
  • 68 Cristian Mota
  • 66 Gerardo Navarro
  • 54 Jesus Paredes
  • 44 Horelbin Ramos
  • 45 Carlos Ruiz
  • 49 Trey Supak
  • 29 Jandy Vasquez Injury icon 2.svg
  • 50 Eduardo Vera
  • 35 Julio Vivas

Catchers

  • 25 Reggie Cerda
  •  5 Yoel Gonzalez
  • 16 Carlos Marquez

Infielders

  • 31 Bealyn Chourio
  • 39 Julio De La Cruz
  •  3 Nelson Jorge
  •  7 Sam Kennelly
  • 23 Carlos Munoz
  • 17 Cole Tucker

Outfielders

  • 53 Alexis Bastardo
  •  2 Luis Benitez
  • 58 Michael De La Cruz
  • 10 Tito Polo
  • 56 Henrry Rosario
  • 26 Eric Thomas

Manager

  • 24 Milver Reyes

Coaches


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* On Pittsburgh Pirates 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated July 23, 2014
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