Winter Leagues 11/29 — Farrell Doubles, RBI For Fox

Checking in on Pirates’ players and friends in Tuesday’s winter league action:   PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE Criollos de Caguas  9,  Leones de Ponce  5 Los Criollos scored 7 runs over the final two innings to take the win.  Benji Gonzalez entered the game in the bottom of the 8th as a pinch-runner for Los Leones, and reached third base, but was left stranded.  He remained in the game to play third base in the 9th.  Former...

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More Draft News

Jim Callis has some more draft details at Baseball America: -The draft has been reduced from 50 to 40 rounds. Most of the 41-50 picks are used on organizational players, or go towards prep players who aren’t willing to sign. -Any attempt to circumvent the draft cap is “expressly prohibited”.  That ends any chance of signing a player to an under-the-table deal which would pay the player more after the draft. -Callis...

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Pirates Sign Nick Evans

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed first baseman/outfielder Nick Evans to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.  Evans turns 26 in January, and was recently removed from the New York Mets’ 40-man roster after hitting for a .256/.314/.403 line in 176 at-bats in the majors in 2011.  He’s played all of the corner positions in his major league career, along...

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This Date in Pirates History: November 29

Born on this date in 1950 was Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Mike Easler, who played for the team from 1977,1979-83. He was drafted by the Astros in 1969, made his major league debut in 1973 but played just 26 games over three seasons with them before being traded to the Cardinals. He never played in the majors with the Cardinals who traded him to the Angels in September. The Angels used him all September but traded him to the Pirates...

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Winter Leagues 11/28 — Quiet Night

Only one Dominican League game and one Venezuelan League game on Monday night: DOMINICAN LEAGUE Tigres del Licey  3,  Estrellas de Oriente  2 A single, a wild pitch, and a passed ball gave Licey the winning run in the top of the 11th inning, and Los Estrellas could not answer in the bottom of the frame.  DH Jake Fox walked in the bottom of the 1st, when Los Estrellas scored their first run.  After Los Tigres scored 2 in the top of the...

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