Winter Leagues Recap: Four Hits For DeJesus

In Winter League action from last night in Puerto Rico, Ivan DeJesus had four hits, including his third home run and eleventh double, as his team lost 11-9 in 15 innings. He drove in three runs and scored three times, including the game tying run in the bottom of the ninth. DeJesus batted lead-off and played second base, where he also made his fifth error of the season. He is now hitting .353 through 34 games. He leads the league in hits with 47 and his .908 OPS ranks third.

On the other side of the field during the same game, Benji Gonzalez went 2-for-6, collecting a single and a double, which was his first extra-base hit of the Winter league season. Gonzalez also scored a run. He was replaced for a pinch-hitter in the 14th inning.

In playoff action from the Dominican, Felix Pie hit a ninth inning home run that accounted for his team’s only run in a 3-1 loss. Pie went 1-for-4, while Alex Valdez went 0-for-4 batting directly behind Pie in the lineup. Last night marked the beginning of the DWL playoffs. Check this link for a list of teams and Pirates players involved in the DWL playoffs.

In Venezuela, Darren Ford went 1-for-5 in his second game since coming back from a month long break. He has a .279/.353/.371 line through 33 games.

In Australian League action from today, Wilson Lee allowed the winning run to score in Adelaide’s 3-2 loss. Lee came on in the bottom of the eighth with the score tied and a man on first base with two outs. He threw a wild pitch, then allowed a run-scoring double, before retiring the side on a fly out to center field. Since throwing 1.2 scoreless innings in his debut, Lee had struggled in each of his four subsequent outings.

Stefan Welch was the only Pirates player in the Adelaide lineup. He went 2-for-4, with two singles.

For the Perth Heat, Sam Kennelly went 0-for-4, before being pinch-hit for in the 12th inning. Kennelly played third base, where he made his second error of the season, a 12th inning throwing error that eventually led to the winning run to be scored. Kennelly handled all three previous chances in the game cleanly.

John Dreker

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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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  • http://www.reverbnation.com/johnrussellskinner johnrussellskinner

    I would like to see Dejesus make the 40 man and see if he can carry his groove over to Pitt.

  • https://profiles.google.com/108459687347816132273 willie lopez

    i will sound repetitive here, but ivan de jesus jr will make the club, he hits well, slick defense, he runs well(even having a big surgery not that long ago), he plays 2b,ss,3b and some of, he is in the preliminary roster for the baseball classic, and imo will be the regular 2b or ss for the puerto rico team, this guy is underrated for sure.

  • http://twitter.com/saywhatranone saywhatranone

    He definitely is an interesting person to watch come Spring Training. If he can outperform Harrison/Mercer then he should make the team.

  • Ecbucs

    I could see Harrison being beaten out. He is not great with glove or bat.

    However, I do think Harrison has the type of attitude that he will get the most out of his talent so we’ll see how he may have improved over last season.

  • http://twitter.com/saywhatranone saywhatranone

    Yeah, it is easy to root for an athlete like Harrison. Plays hard and gets the most out of his talent. His character/personality seem to mesh with everyone else in the clubhouse too. But nice guys don’t win you games. Could keep both (DeJesus and Harrison).

  • John Dreker

    I think we will see a better player in Harrison this year. It’s tough adjusting to a bench role in the majors, when you always started in the minors. He was a consistent .300 hitter coming up through the minors, but he was also moved fairly quickly. He played just 249 games above low-A ball. Plus he will still be 25 years old on Opening Day.