Winter Leagues Update: Australian League Back in Action

After going through an 11 day layoff, the Australian Baseball League resumed their schedule today with Adelaide taking a 6-2 loss. Two Pittsburgh Pirates farmhands were in the starting lineup. Stefan Welch started at 3B and batted fifth, while Justin Howard hit seventh and played left field. Welch went 0-for-2 with a walk and HBP. Howard went 0-for-3 with a walk. He is now hitting .115 in 26 AB’s.

Rinku Singh came on during the sixth inning and threw two scoreless frames. He allowed a single and a walk while striking out three batters.

In Dominican League action, Anderson Hernandez went 0-for-3, dropping his average to .237 through 27 games and putting him in a 5-for-36(.139) slump over his last ten games.

The Puerto Rico Baseball League had it’s entire scheduled rained out yesterday. The league is off today as well.

Among the new players recently signed, Alex Valdez, David Bromberg and Luis Sanz are all currently on off-season rosters. Sanz has not played since his lone appearance on October 20th, while Bromberg has pitched five times this year, mostly recent on November 6th. He was being used as a starting pitcher, going 0-1, 5.03 in 19.2 innings, with 14 walks and 14 strikeouts. Valdez was covered here yesterday.

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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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