Winter Leagues Recap: Johnson Comes Up Big in Playoff Win

In playoff action from the Dominican last night, Kris Johnson continued his impressive pitching this off-season, going six strong inning in his team’s 7-2 victory. He allowed two runs on six hits, with no walks and four strikeouts. The first run was unearned, coming in the first inning on a two out error. He has now made nine starts between the playoffs and DWL regular season. Johnson has pitched a total of 46.1 innings, allowing six earned runs combined. His worst start was two earned runs over 6.1 innings two outings ago.

Facing off again Johnson in that game, Felix Pie went 0-for-4, while Alex Valdez went 1-for-3, with a single before being replaced in the eighth inning on defense. Pie and Valdez during the regular season helped their team to the playoffs by providing steady offense in the top two spots of the batting order. The playoffs have been a different story though. The two have been dropped in the order, benched a few games and both are batting under .200, leaving their team with a 3-10 playoff record.

In Venezuela, Luis Sanz pitched a scoreless inning of relief during his team’s 11-10 loss. Sanz faced the minimum, retiring all three batters on groundballs. He was coming off his worst outing of the Winter, two runs in 1/3 inning.

In Australian Baseball League action from today, Stefan Welch was the only Pirates farmhand to play for Adelaide in their 7-3 loss. Welch went 0-for-3, with a walk and an RBI on a sacrifice fly. With Quincy Latimore traded this week, just Welch and Zac Fuesser remain on the Adelaide active roster. Dylan Child, Jackson Lodge, Wilson Lee, Justin Howard and Rinku Singh have all played for Adelaide during this season.

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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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  • John Dreker

    The question always comes up, so I will answer it now. Johnson faced a lineup last night that was strong AAA quality. Pie has plenty of major league experience, while Valdez has played a long time in the minors and he’s been a star in the Mexican League the last couple years. That league is considered AAA quality.
    The leadoff hitter was Ray Olmedo, six year major leaguer, played with White Sox this season.
    The Phillies Mike Martinez was in the lineup too, he’s played 133 major league games over the last two seasons.
    Drew Butera batted eighth, he’s spent last three years with Twins.
    Johnson also faced Rene Reyes, played two years for Rockies, but has spent last seven seasons in the Mexican League, where he has put up six straight .920+ OPS seasons.
    Then there was Ed Rogers, who played three years for the Orioles and 14 seasons in the minors.
    The other two batters have time in at AAA.
    So while it isn’t a star studded lineup he faced, it was a playoff game against six current/former major leaguers and three AAA players

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