Pirates Winter League Recap: 10/24-10/30

The Mesa Solar Sox went 2-4 this week, and currently sit 9-8, two games behind the Scottsdale Scorpions.  Here is how the Pirates prospects fared this week:

-Andrew Lambo played in five games this week, going 5-for-18 (.278) with two doubles, a walk, and five strikeouts.

-Tony Sanchez had a down week at the plate, going 2-for-12 (.167), although he finished strong with a solo homer on Saturday.  Sanchez walked twice, and struck out five times.  RumBunter linked to a video of Sanchez in the AFL, which is worth checking out.  Bucs Dugout also looks at the video, as well as analyzing Sanchez’s defense, and the importance of AFL stats.  As for Sanchez looking thin, he lost a lot of weight when his jaw was wired shut, due to the limited food options that were available to him during that time.

-Josh Harrison had the biggest week at the plate, going 10-for-18 (.556), with five doubles and a homer.  Harrison recorded a stolen base, drew two walks, and only struck out once.

-Jordy Mercer also had a big week at the plate, going 5-for-15 with a double, two walks, and four strikeouts.

-Justin Wilson started on Thursday, pitching three innings, and allowing a run on three hits, with no walks and three strikeouts.  Wilson threw 46 pitches, with 32 going for strikes.  Wilson has a 2.57 ERA in three starts this year, spanning seven innings, with an 8:1 K/BB ratio.

-Brian Leach made two appearances, combining for two shutout innings, while allowing three hits, no walks, and striking out one.  Leach has yet to allow an earned run in his six innings this year, although he does have five unearned runs, and has a 1.86 WHIP.

-Aaron Pribanic made two appearances, combining for three shutout innings, allowing two hits and one walk.  Pribanic threw 33 pitches, with 17 strikes.  He has pitched 8.1 innings this season, allowing just one unearned run, with a 5:3 K/BB ratio, and an 0.84 WHIP.

Mesa plays Peo Saguaros on Monday at 12:35 PM MST/3:35 PM EST.

The stats pages for the other winter leagues have been updated.  Click on the league name to see all of the stats.  Here are the key performers from the past week:

Venezuelan Winter League

-Hector Gimenez: 4-for-15, HR

-Andy LaRoche: 3-for-12, 4 BB, 2B, HR

-Lastings Milledge: 3-for-9, 4 BB

-Jean Machi: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

-Jhonatan Ramos: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Dominican Winter League

-Jason Jaramillo: 2-for-10, 3 BB

-Charlie Morton: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Misc. Pirates Winter Leagues

-Rogelios Noris: 7-for-24, 2B, HR

-Chase d’Arnaud finished with a .321/.424/.536 line in 28 at-bats for Team USA.

-The Following players will be participating in the Australian Baseball League, starting in the second week of November:

Dylan Child
Mitchell Fienemann
Quincy Latimore
Wilson Lee
Rinku Singh
Jarryd Sullivan

Tony Harris, the Pirates’ scout in Australia, is the manager of Adelaide, which is the team that Fienemann, Lee, Child, and Latimore are playing on.  Harris signed the first three from that group.

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  • john.alcorn

    He may garner votes, but no one is going to catch Joey Votto, he’s the best in the game.
    Really, even Braun has been better this year. Its acutally hard to argue that Cutch is a top 3 OF in the NL with Kemp, CarGo, Beltran, and Braun plus Melky’s breakout.

    • Kevin_Creagh

      It wasn’t to say that McCutchen should be MVP — it was to show how he has been a one-man band and to posit that he should garner significant votes. Not necessarily 1st place votes, but votes down the ballot.

  • NorCalBuc

    John ~ NO odubt other players you mentioned are having great years, but the MVP award goes to the BIGGEST difference maker in a team’s success. THAT player clear is Andrew McCutchen.