In playoff action out of the Dominican last night, Alex Valdez was the only Pirates player to get his name in the boxscore. He went 1-for-4, with a run scored, as his team pulled out a rare victory in the round-robin playoff tournament. Valdez was batting second all season for Estrelles, but last night the struggling second baseman batted ninth. His team moved to 4-11 in the playoffs.
In action out of Venezuela, Darren Ford was again on the bench to start the game. For the second time in a row, he finished the game as a defensive replacement in left field without getting a plate appearance. Ford is hitless in the playoffs and has started just three of his team's ten games.
From the U18 National Youth Championship in Australia, Sam Kennelly went 1-for-4, with two runs scored and an RBI double. His team is 6-0 so far in the tournament, thanks in part to his steady defense at shortstop and a .500 average(11-for-22) with nine RBI's.
Also from the same tournament, Nick Hutchings go...
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.