Winter Leagues

Winter Leagues Recap: Baker Strong In Relief

Winter Leagues Recap: Baker Strong In Relief
John Dreker

In Winter League action from last night in Puerto Rico, Ivan DeJesus went 0-for-2, with two walks in game one yesterday, then followed that up with a three hit game in the nightcap. DeJesus scored two runs and stole a base in game two. He now has a .364 batting average through 37 games, giving him a 19 point lead in the batting race with just one day left in the regular season. DeJesus has 52 hits, five more than any other player in the league.

In Venezuela, Nate Baker pitched 2.2 scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and one walks. Baker struck out two batters and recorded five outs on groundballs. He pitched a scoreless inning of relief on Friday night as well. Baker has made nine appearances so far, allowing two earned runs on ten hits and three walks over ten innings, while striking...

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Winter Leagues
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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