Winter Leagues Recap: Hernandez Takes Over Hits Lead

The Australian Baseball League held it’s All-Star game today. The teams were split up into World All-Stars against Australian All-Stars. Zac Fuesser represented the World team, while Stefan Welch was a member of the Australian team. Fuesser came in to pitch the fourth inning and he allowed a lead-off walk, before getting two groundouts and a pop out to end the inning. It was his only inning of work. Welch went 0-for-4, but Team Australia was still able to pull off a 6-4 win.

In the Dominican, Anderson Hernandez went 2-for-4, raising his average to .306 through 45 games. He has nine hits in his last three games and now ranks first in hits(52) in the DWL.

Felix Pie went 2-for-4, with two runs scored, an RBI, a walk and a stolen base. Pie is 9-for-11 in stolen base attempts and he has drawn 25 walks in 39 games, two more walks than he drew in 96 games at AAA this year.

Alex Valdez went 0-for-3, with two strikeouts, dropping his average down to .300 through 34 games. Valdez was ejected after striking out to end the fourth inning.

In Puerto Rico, Benji Gonzalez went 2-for-4, with a run scored, bringing his average back up to .300 on the season. Gonzalez is 9-for-30 at the plate in 15 games, with five walks.

In Venezuela, Nate Baker threw a scoreless inning, striking out two batters. He allowed a lead-off single, then recorded those two strikeouts, before finishing the inning with a ground out back to the mound. Baker has thrown 5.1 innings over his six appearances, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk.

Ryan Reid picked up his seventh save with a scoreless ninth inning. He got two groundouts and a fly out, allowing just a two out walk. Reid has a 2.45 ERA  over his 18 appearances, pitching a total of 18.1 innings.

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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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