Winter Leagues Recap: Hanson Gets a Start

In Winter League action last night in the Dominican League, Alen Hanson got his first start of the off-season and played his first game since November 2nd. Hanson went 0-for-3, with a walk and a run scored. He has yet to pick up a hit in five AB’s.

In that same game, Starling Marte went 2-for-4, with two singles, two runs scored, a walk and three stolen bases. He now has a .333/.415/.509 line in 15 games, with six steals in six attempts.

Recently signed Felix Pie went 1-for-5, with two walks and two strikeouts in his team’s 4-3 win in 16 innings. Pie stole his sixth base and scored a run. He has played 27 games this off-season, batting .250 with two homers and 16 walks.

Another new signing announced today, Alex Valdez went 0-for-1 yesterday. He is hitting .287 in 25 games with eight doubles and three homers.

Anderson Hernandez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He was moved down to seventh in the batting order, due in part to the addition of Hanley Ramirez to the Tigres del Licey lineup.

In Puerto Rico, Benji Gonzalez went 1-for-2, with a single and a walk. He is now 3-for-8 in five games, with two walks.

In Venezuela, Ramon Cabrera went 0-for-2, with two walks and two RBI’s. In 13 games he is hitting .107 with six RBI’s. Cabrera was just added to the 40 man roster.

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John Dreker

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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