In Winter League action yesterday, Benji Gonzalez made his first start for Leones de Ponce, batting ninth and playing shortstop. He went 1-for-4, with a stolen base, a run scored and he turned two double plays.
In Dominican League action, Oscar Tejada went 0-for-1 with a strikeout, while Anderson Hernandez went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. Neither Starling Marte, nor Gregory Polanco played yesterday, while Alen Hanson hasn't played since November 2nd.
In the Venezuelan Winter League game between Aguilas del Zulia and Bravos de Margarita, Pirates pitchers finished off the game for both teams. Newly signed minor league free agent, Ryan Reid, threw a scoreless ninth to wrap up the 10-3 win, striking out two of the three batters he faced. On the other side, Jhonathan Ramos recorded the final two outs, but not before allowing one run on two hits. Ramos has struggled in his six outings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk over 3.2 innings.
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.