In Winter League action today in Australia, Adelaide lost 4-2 to Canberra. Three Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup, Stefan Welch, Justin Howard and Dylan Child. Welch went 0-for-3, with a run scored and two strikeouts. His average dropped down to .205 after a 1-for-13 weekend. Howard went 2-for-4, with a double and run scored. Child had a rough time behind the plate, allowing four steals on four attempts and committing a passed ball. He went 1-for-4 at the plate. Child caught three of the team's four games this weekend. The Australian Baseball League is off until Friday, when Adelaide will start a four games series against Melbourne.
Also in the ABL, Sam Kennelly went 0-for-4, with a walk and a strikeout. The sixteen-year-old third baseman also committed his first error of the season. He is 3-for-19 this season, with three singles and an RBI.
In Dominican League action, Starling Marte went 1-for-4, with a single. He now has a .315/.396/.472 line after 23 game...
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.