A List of the Pittsburgh Pirates Playing in the 2012 Winter Leagues

A few of the 2012 winter leagues got started over the weekend, with the Dominican, Mexican, and Venezuelan Winter Leagues joining the Arizona Fall League as the active leagues that are currently playing. The Puerto Rican league and the Australian Baseball League have yet to start their seasons.

Below is a list of players in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization who are playing in the 2012 winter leagues, along with a brief note on each player. Links go to their pages, where you can see their stats. I’ll also be posting the results each morning from the previous day’s action.

Dominican Winter League

Gigantes del Cibao

Porfirio Lopez – The left-hander put up a 2.22 ERA in 28.1 innings in relief in Bradenton this year, with an 18:9 K/BB ratio.

Carlos Paulino – A strong defensive catcher with a plus arm, although his bat didn’t progress this year in his second straight year in the FSL.

Eric Avila – Hit for a .291 average and an .891 OPS in 165 at-bats in the second half of the SAL season, along with 11 homers. Eligible for minor league free agency.

Oscar Tejeda – Was claimed off waivers this year from the Boston Red Sox, and put up sub-par numbers in Double-A. Eligible for minor league free agency.

Tigers del Licey

Kyle McPherson – Got his first start in the DWL last night.

Anderson Hernandez – Spent the 2012 season with Indianapolis. Eligible for minor league free agency.

Toros del Este

Jose Diaz – Big 350 pound reliever who spent the year in Triple-A. Eligible for minor league free agency.

Alen Hanson – One of the biggest breakout players in the minor leagues this year, and one of the top draft picks in the Dominican Winter League draft.

Mexican Winter League

Venados de Mazatlan

Jovany Lopez – Spent his fourth season in the international rookie leagues, posting a 2.73 ERA in 26.1 innings in relief.

Venezuelan Winter League

Bravos de Margarita

Jhonathan Ramos – The left-hander posted a 2.61 ERA in 20.2 innings with Altoona this year, along with a 14:6 K/BB ratio.

Elevys Gonzalez – Had a strong season at the plate in high-A in 2011, but struggled offensively between high-A and Double-A in 2012.

Caribes de Anzoategui

Jesus Paredes – Put up a 2.40 ERA in 30 innings in his second year in the international rookie leagues.

Carlos Ruiz – Had a 3.24 ERA in 33.1 innings in his third year in the international rookie leagues.

Carlos Marquez – Hit for a .256/.439/.302 line in 43 at-bats in his third year in the international rookie leagues.

Jose Tabata – Hasn’t played a game yet.

Leones del Caracas

Ramon Cabrera – Hit for a .276/.342/.367 line in 384 at-bats with Altoona this year, really coming on at the end of the year.

Navegantes del Magallanes

Doug Salinas – Pitched for Bradenton this year after signing mid-season as a free agent. Eligible for minor league free agency.

Brandon Boggs – Hit for a .259 average and a .767 OPS with Indianapolis this year. Eligible for minor league free agency.

Enjoy this story? Pirates Prospects will be switching to a subscription site on 4/13, so that we can continue bringing you the best Pirates coverage there is. For a very small monthly price, you can continue getting articles like this, along with coverage from every minor league city. Get more information here, and subscribe today!

Share This Article

Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

With No Moves, the Pirates are Projected to Spend $63 M in 2013

Next Story »

Winter League Results: McPherson Rocked in First Start

Latest Analysis

  • Keller Supak Hinsz

    Even With the New Draft Rules, the Pirates Are Still Loading Up on Projectable Pitchers

    20 hours ago

    From 2008-2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates spent a lot of resources on projectable pitchers out of high school. So far, this approach has led to breakout performances from ...

    Read More
  • Josh Bell made the move to first base over the off-season. (Photo credit: David Hague)

    Why Should You Care About Prospects?

    2 days ago

    Yesterday I had a shorter day than usual. The Pirates had cuts at the MLB level, and a road game. The day was shortened at Pirate City, ...

    Read More
  • Gregory Polanco

    Q&A: Trading Prospects For Rentals, Polanco Concerns, Meadows vs Appel

    3 days ago

    I missed the Q&A last week due to a common problem in Spring Training: I forgot what day it was. It was around 6:00 that I was ...

    Read More
  • Nick Kingham f

    Improving His Two-Seam Fastball will Make Nick Kingham a More Effective Pitcher

    4 days ago

    With Jameson Taillon returning from Tommy John surgery, and unlikely to make an impact at the Major League level early in the year, the top prospect to ...

    Read More
  • Arquimedes Caminero 3

    The Roster Situations That Could Impact the Makeup of the Pirates Bullpen

    6 days ago

    There are less than two weeks remaining in Spring Training, and the one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates had actual position battles is heating up. There were ...

    Read More
  • Jordan Luplow

    How the Pirates are Trying to Stay Ahead of the Curve With the New Draft Rules

    1 week ago

    The 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement brought a lot of changes to Major League Baseball. The biggest change for the Pittsburgh Pirates came in the draft. From 2008-2011, ...

    Read More
  • Alen Hanson

    The Key For Alen Hanson to Help the Pirates in the Majors This Year

    1 week ago

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates moved Alen Hanson to second base last year, part of the plan was to get him to the majors faster by putting him at ...

    Read More
  • Tyler Glasnow 2

    What the Stats Don’t Tell You About Tyler Glasnow

    1 week ago

    The stat line for Tyler Glasnow’s start at Pirate City yesterday looked great: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. The lone run ...

    Read More
  • JaCoby Jones Josh Bell

    JaCoby Jones Did Fine in the Move to Shortstop, But Needs to Cut Down on Strikeouts

    2 weeks ago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted JaCoby Jones as an outfielder in the third round of the 2013 draft, then surprised everyone the following year when they moved him ...

    Read More
  • Cody Dickson is a lefty with the upside of a middle of the rotation starter. (Photo Credit: Mark Olson)

    The Mental Adjustment that Led to Cody Dickson’s Dominant 2014 Second Half

    2 weeks ago

    Trusting his stuff and not trying to do too much — that has been the key for left-handed pitcher Cody Dickson so far in his professional baseball ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles