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Pirela Preparing

Pirela went deep on Saturday

TAMPA, FL - Jose Pirela has really been opening some eyes lately. Not only did he hit .314 over his final 75 games with the Trenton Thunder last year, hit .304 in his brief call-up with Scranton, and hit .332 with Aguilas del Zulia in the Venezuelan Winter League this offseason, but he hit .348 in 15 Spring Training games with the big league club. He says he's preparing for his opportunity.

He carried his blistering finish to the season last year with him into the Venezuelan Winter League. He wasn't just a singles hitter there either, he slugged over .500 and had an OPS over .900. "The baseball over there is a little bit different," Pirela said through the help of a translator. "In Venezuela they actually have a lot of fans and they care a lot about baseball so they're loud...

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