Winter Leagues Recap: Pie Goes Yard

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 games.

Felix Pie went 1-for-3, with his third home run of the DWL season. The homer led off the game. Pie also added a sacrifice bunt.

Anderson Hernandez went 0-for-4, breaking his eight game hitting streak.

In Puerto Rico, Benji Gonzalez got his first start in a week. He went 1-for-4, driving in two runs with a ninth inning single. At the time, his team was down 3-0, but they were unable to complete the comeback.

In Mexico, Ali Solis went 0-for-4, with a strikeout. He has caught five games in a row after missing two weeks with a hand injury.

Jovany Lopez did something yesterday that he didn’t do the entire month of November, he faced more than one batter in a game. Lopez had nine November appearances, facing a total of nine batters. Last night, he retired all three batters he faced. He threw 11 pitches, seven for strikes, getting two groundouts before retiring the side with a pop out to shortstop from former Pirates infielder Luis Cruz.

In Venezuela, Ryan Reid pitched a scoreless inning of relief. He was a bit wild, throwing just six strikes out of 13 pitches. Reid allowed just a single, while striking out one batter. He has six straight scoreless appearances, totaling 7.2 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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  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

    Is it me or are Pie and Marte learning how to walk down in the DSL? Or are all their pitchers wild???

    Foo

    • John Dreker

      Pie is second in the league in walks, one behind the leader. He ranks 11th in AB’s so it is a fairly strong total.

      Marte started off strong, but he hasn’t walked in his last six games, 26 AB’s

      Teams average just over 3.5 walks per game in the league, about 1/2 a walk per game higher than in MLB this season

  • http://www.facebook.com/fred.langford.9 Fred Langford

    Pie has 4000+ PA between the majors and minors and has never shown this much patience so i wouldn’t read too much into it…but it is a good sign…even a little for patience and plate discipline and Pie could be a useful piece. He has always had the tools.

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