Winter League Playoffs 1/7 — Singh Takes Loss; Hernandez Sparks Los Caribes

The Caribbean playoffs continue on Saturday evening, and the Australian early Sunday games have started….   VENZUELAN LEAGUE Caribes de Anzoategui  15,  Navegantes del Magallanes  3 A 7-run 7th inning pushed the game way out of the reach of Los Navegantes.  CF Gorkys Hernadez got the party started for Los Caribes when he walked in the top of the 1st, then scored two singles later.  Los Navegantes tied the score in the...

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Pirates Will Not Scout Vicente Padilla

According to a Nicaraguan newspaper (link is in Spanish) Vicente Padilla will be scouted by Rene Gayo and the Pittsburgh Pirates next week, possibly during his next start down in Nicaragua. Padilla pitched just nine relief games this past season for the Los Angeles Dodgers before going on the DL with a forearm injury, then extending the DL stay due to a neck injury which required surgery. Padilla also missed part of spring training...

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Minor League Depth — Third Base

With power hitting down throughout baseball, classic thirdbasemen are increasingly difficult to find. Most teams want a player who hits for power while having the arm and quickness to play the position. In 2011, however, there were only five thirdbasemen who hit 20 HRs and only ten who hit 15. The Pirates are no exception.  Their system doesn’t have any players who profile as regular thirdbasemen in the major leagues. At most levels...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 7

Born on this date in 1935 was Dick “Ducky”  Schofield, infielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1958 until 1965. He began his major league career at age 18 with the Cardinals, spending his first 5 1/2 seasons there playing sparingly, appearing in just 208 major league games during that stretch. The Pirates acquired him on June 15, 1958 along with cash for infielders Gene Freese and Johnny O’Brien. Schofield hit .148...

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