Winter Leagues Recap: 11/19 Roster Updates

In a second consecutive light day of Winter League action for Pittsburgh Pirates players, Darren Ford went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, an RBI and his first triple. He also picked up an outfield assist. The center fielder has a .283/.355/.362 line in 127 AB’s. During the regular season, he played just 70 games for Tacoma of the PCL, missing the first two months of the season with a broken finger.

Benji Gonzalez was used as a pinch runner yesterday. He has played four games, recording two hits in six AB’s.

There were no games in the Dominican yesterday, as the only scheduled game was rained out. The league also has off today. The Australian Baseball League is off until Thursday.

Saturday Updates

In the only action from Saturday, Darren Ford went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, while Anderson Hernandez failed to record a hit in his only AB.

Roster Notes

The following Pirates farmhands are on Winter League rosters, but have yet to appear in a game(sorted by league):

Mexican League: Carlos Munoz

Dominican League: Carlos Paulino, Eric Avila

Puerto Rican League: None

Australian League: None(Jackson Lodge and Wilson Lee were originally on the roster of Adelaide, but have since been reassigned to minors)

Venezuelan League: Carlos Ruiz, Jesus Paredes, Nate Baker, Carlos Marquez and Jose Tabata(will not play)

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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.

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