Minor League Contracts and Winter Ball Playoffs

Signing news:

These players have been signed to minor league contracts, but have NOT been invited to the Pirates’ major league spring training camp.
RHP Sean Smith – started for AAA Colorado Springs (Rockies) and AAA Buffalo (Cleveland) in 2008.

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More Minor League Contracts: Jones, Phillips

Let’s take a look at two more players the Pirates’ recently signed to minor league contracts.

1B Garrett Jones is a 27-year old Illinois native, who was originally drafted by the Braves in the 14th round of the 1999 draft.

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Catchers Hitting in Winter Leagues; Hernandez’s 8th Save

More action than usual for a Monday in winter league play:

Dominican League

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Catchers Hitting in Winter Leagues; Hernandez’s 8th Save

More action than usual for a Monday in winter league play:

Dominican League �(playoffs)
Tigres del Licey 5, Aguilas Cibaenas 2
All the excitement happened in the 2nd inning, and former Pirate C�Ronny Paulino was the hero for Licey. �Another former Pirate, Jose Bautista, led off with a walk, and two singles loaded the bases. �After a strikeout and a foul pop out, another single scored Bautista, again leaving the bases loaded. �Then Paulino cleared the bases with a 3-RBI double, giving Licey the lead. �
Mexican Pacific League
Yaquis de Obregon 6, Naranjeros de Hermosillo 2
SS Luis Cruz�doubled to lead off the 7th inning for Obregon, then moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt and scored on an RBI single, giving Obregon the tying run. �Another run, on a fielding error and a single, gave Obregon the lead. �In the 8th, Cruz hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded, bringing in another run. �Obregon scored two more insurance runs on a walk, a hit batter, and two wild pitches. �

Venezuelan League
Cardinales de Lara 4, Tigres de Aragua 1
C Raul Chavez singled in the 4th and the 6th innings for Aragua. �In the 4th, he was left stranded at the end of the inning; in the 6th, he was forced out at second on a subsequent play. �He also threw out the only Lara runner who tried to steal second base. �

Aguilas de Zulia 4, Bravos de Margarita 2
RF Jonel Pacheco hit a solo homer in the 6th inning for Margarita, which tied the game at that point. �Zulia came back to score two runs in the bottom of the 6th. �Margarita players committed 4 errors in the game, including one by Pacheco. �Chris Hernandez earned his 8th save with a perfect 9th inning, including a strikeout. �

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Some Holiday Winter Ball

Hope everyone has been having a wonderful holiday season!
Time to check in on the Pirates and their farmhands and friends in the end of winter ball play:
Mexican League:
Luis Cruz hadn’t appeared in a game for Obregon in 10 days, and I’d thought he’d finished his winter ball stint.

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