Pirela Finds His Footing In A-Ball

Jose Pirela has long been known for having a great deal of talent, but yet he posted some underwhelming numbers in the Gulf Coast League last season. Riding a five-game multi-hit streak and batting over .300 this year in his first taste of the long-season leagues, Pirela is surely finding his footing in A-ball.

Having found playing time at second, shortstop and occasionally at designated hitter, Jose Pirela displays his versatility while being one of Charleston's leading hitters.

The native of Bobures, Venezuela who signed as a non-drafted agent in 2006, Pirela is batting .311 through 257 at-bats with 14 doubles, three triples, 27 RBIs, 28 walks and 46 runs as the team's leadoff hitter.

With this being Pirela's first season with the RiverDogs, he is pleased with his performance. He admits that it was somewhat difficult adjusting to the league at first, but he has made the adjustments.

"He's done a great job so far for his first year here," RiverDogs hitting coach Greg Colbrunn said. "It took him a week or so to get his feet on the ground, but ever since that he has done very well."

Offensively, Pirela has performed well as he's been making solid contact and driving the ball into the gaps. Even though he's had success, Pirela is still working towards making adjustments and hitting the ball squarely.

"Always working hard and trying to get better every day," said Sherman Obando, the RiverDogs' first base coach. "Colby (Colbrunn) is doing great job with him trying to keep him disciplined and balanced at the plate."

Pirela has been playing mostly at second and shortstop this season. He enjoys playing second the most and is comfortable there, yet his glove gives the staff options.

"If he can continue putting it together the last two and a half months he's had and continues to just get better, he will go far," Colbrunn opined.

The numbers that Pirela has posted this season are impressive, especially being only 20-years old. Colbrunn believes that there is a bright future for Pirela and he could possibly compete for a position next year at a higher level.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nHaving found playing time at second, shortstop and occasionally at designated hitter, Jose Pirela displays his versatility while being one of Charleston's leading hitters.
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\r\nThe native of Bobures, Venezuela who signed as a non-drafted agent in 2006, Pirela is batting .311 through 257 at-bats with 14 doubles, three triples, 27 RBIs, 28 walks and 46 runs as the team's leadoff hitter.
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\r\nWith this being Pirela's first season with the RiverDogs, he is pleased with his performance. He admits that it was somewhat difficult adjusting to the league at first, but he has made the adjustments.
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\r\n\"He's done a great job so far for his first year here,\" RiverDogs hitting coach Greg Colbrunn said. \"It took him a week or so to get his feet on the ground, but ever since that he has done very well.\"
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\r\nOffensively, Pirela has performed well as he's been making solid contact and driving the ball into the gaps. Even though he's had success, Pirela is still working towards making adjustments and hitting the ball squarely.
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\r\n\"Always working hard and trying to get better every day,\" said Sherman Obando, the RiverDogs' first base coach. \"Colby (Colbrunn) is doing great job with him trying to keep him disciplined and balanced at the plate.\"
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\r\nPirela has been playing mostly at second and shortstop this season. He enjoys playing second the most and is comfortable there, yet his glove gives the staff options.
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\r\n\"If he can continue putting it together the last two and a half months he's had and continues to just get better, he will go far,\" Colbrunn opined.
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\r\nThe numbers that Pirela has posted this season are impressive, especially being only 20-years old. Colbrunn believes that there is a bright future for Pirela and he could possibly compete for a position next year at a higher level.
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