On a light day of Winter League action from yesterday, Felix Pie was the only Pirates player to play. He went 0-for-4, as his team dropped down to 3-11 in the playoffs.
The Dominican League playoffs continue with their four team, 18 game round-robin tournament for four more days. The two best teams will continue on to meet in a nine game championship series. Beginning on February 1st, the best teams from the Mexican, Puerto Rican, Venezuelan and Dominican Leagues, will all meet in the Caribbean Series. The series is a seven day round-robin tournament, ending with the championship game on February 7th.
In news out of the Dominican, Starling Marte was named the player of the week for the first week of January. During the regular season, he won back-to-back player of the week awards at the end of November. Marte was quoted in a Dominican newspaper the other day saying that he will come into Spring Training competing for the left field job, not taking his spot for granted "It's a st...
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.