In Australian Baseball League action from today, three Pirates players were in the starting lineup for Adelaide, as they rolled to a 6-1 victory. Stefan Welch collected the only hit of the group, going 1-for-4, with a walk. Justin Howard went 0-for-3, also drawing a walk. Dylan Child was behind the plate again, going 0-for-2, with a sacrifice bunt. He threw out one of the three attempted base stealers on the night. Welch, along with pitcher Zac Fuesser, will take part in the ABL All-Star game tomorrow.
In action from the Dominican from last night, Alen Hanson picked up his first hit of the Winter League season. He came in as a pinch-hitter during the eighth inning with his team down 10-1 and picked up a single to right field. Hanson would come around to score his third run of the DWL season. He remained in the game at shortstop and was able to bat again in the ninth, this time striking out to end the game. In eight games this year, he is 1-for-7, with a walk and a stolen base.
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.