Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 11/18/14
ULISES MONTILLA THIRD BASEMAN   Born: May 12, 1992 Height: 5’11″ Weight: 170 Bats: Right Throws: Right Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2010 Country: Panama Agent: N/A WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES Montilla has played well offensively from the start of his career, hitting for average with gap power and very good, even spectacular, walk and strikeout rates.  The fact that the Pirates didn’t bring him to the US after his excellent 2011 season, though, indicates they may have reservations about his ceiling.  He started off as an outfielder, mainly in the corners, but he played third in his most recent season and has also seen significant time at second. 2010 VSL:  276/411/346, 127 AB, 9 2B, 27 BB, 11 K, 5-11 SB Montilla had a good debut, getting on base at a high rate.  The Pirates played him mostly in left, but he saw a little time at second and third. 2011 VSL:  364/439/506, 253 AB, 21 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 33 BB, 17 K, 11-19 SB Montilla had an outstanding season, with good gap power and twice as many walks and strikeouts.  He split his time primarily between center and second. 2012 DSL:  320/407/457, 238 AB, 11 2B, 5 3B, 2 HR, 28 BB, 20 K, 15-22 SB The Pirates sent Montilla to the DSL and he continued to hit well against the tougher competition.  The fact that he maintained a good walk rate is a good sign.  Hitters with a decent eye sometimes have extraordinary walk rates in the VSL due to the weakness of some of the pitching.  Montilla played third almost exclusively. The Pirates finally brought Montilla to camp in 2013.  They sometimes move more experienced players to the New York-Penn League rather than the GCL, so it’s conceivable Montilla could go to Jamestown.  Otherwise, he’ll be in the GCL. STATS Baseball Reference–Minors Fangraphs MiLB.com CONTRACT INFORMATION 2013: Minor league contract PLAYER INFORMATION Signing Bonus: N/A MiLB Debut: 2010 MLB Debut: N/A MiLB FA Eligible: 2016 MLB FA Eligible: N/A Rule 5 Eligible: 2014 Added to 40-Man: N/A Options Remaining: 3 MLB Service Time: 0.000 TRANSACTIONS May 25, 2010: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.
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