Fall and Winter League Rosters

Venezuelan League

Lots of Pirates, Pirates’ farmhands, and former farmhands playing here:

Bravos de Margarita — managed by Luis Dorante� — LHP Justin Thomas, LHP Jhonathan Ramos (played at State College and West Virginia in the 2010 minor league season), Inf Andy LaRoche; also former Pirate farmhand RHP Ronald Belisario, now with the Dodgers.

Caribes de Anzoategui — RHP Gabriel Alvarado, who spent 2010 with West Virginia; Inf Adenson Chourio (Bradenton), OF Exicardo Cayonez (GCL Pirates), OF Gorkys Hernandez (Altoona).� OF Jose Tabata is also listed, though the Pirates have said that they prefer that he does not play winter ball.� Also listed are former Pirate farmhands RHP Jim Brower (with Indianapolis for a few games in 2007) and OF Jonel Pacheco (Altoona and Indy 2009).

Leones de Caracas –� RHP Jose Ascanio, coming off surgery.� Also former Pirates/farmhands RHP Ronald Uviedo and C Carlos Maldonado.� And, going way back, Inf Marco Scutaro, who played in Indianapolis in 2000-2001 is also listed.

Navegantes del Magallanes –� pitching coach Ray Searage� — LHP Corey Hamman, RHP Jean Machi, and SS Argenis Diaz.� Also former Indy Indian (2007) OF Mike Ryan.

Tigres de Aragua� –� RHP Brian Bass, LHP Wil Ledezma, C Hector Gimenez (Altoona’s hitting star), and SS Ronny Cedeno;� also former Indian/Pirate (2008) C Raul Chavez, C Miguel Perez (Indy and Altoona 2008-09), and OF Jorge Cortes (Altoona in 2005 and Indianapolis in 2008).

Cardenales de Lara — also going back aways, C Alex Delgado played for Indianapolis in 2004.

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Nancy grew up in Rochester, NY, where her father indoctrinated her to the love of baseball as a small child. He taught her to keep score at the age of 5, and she hasn't stopped since. She now lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two sons. Nancy has followed the Indians on both the Most Valuable Network and the Bloguin group, before joining Pirates Prospects in 2011. She provides daily game recaps from Indianapolis, plus player analysis from the guys she sees live at the games.

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