Winter Leagues Recap: Playoff and WBC Notes

In Australian Baseball League action from today, Stefan Welch went 1-for-4, with two RBI’s, as Adelaide was handed an 8-2 loss. Hours before the game started, Welch was named to the provisional roster of the Australian team that will represent the country in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He now has 24 RBI’s on the ABL season, tops among all Adelaide players.

Welch was named to the 2013 WBC Team Australia roster yesterday

Welch was named to the 2013 WBC Team Australia roster yesterday

With the championship series set in the Dominican, the league canceled the last day of the round-robin tournament. The best-of-nine championship series will begin tonight with Leones del Escogido going up against Aguilas Cibaenas. Starling Marte, Kris Johnson and Gregory Polanco all played for Escogido this year, while Willy Garcia has appeared in a handful of games for Cibaenas. Neither Polanco nor Garcia has played since the playoffs have started.

In the U18 National Youth Championships, Nick Hutchings went 0-for-1, with a walk and run scored. The 16-year-old pitcher, signed by the Pirates in November, played third base last night. He has also pitched twice in the tournament, played first base and started a game at shortstop.

In other news from the World Baseball Classic, Ali Solis will represent team Mexico, while Ivan De Jesus will play for team Puerto Rico. Solis is currently playing in the Mexican League playoffs with Tomateros de Culiacan, while De Jesus saw his Winter season end two weeks ago when his team refused to play their last two games of the season due to owed wages. De Jesus and all of his teammates were suspended from the playoffs and Caribbean Series as a result.

The Colombian Baseball League wrapped up it’s season on Wednesday night. Dilson Herrera went 0-for-3, finishing with a .204 average in 121 AB’s, hitting six doubles and five homers. Yhonathan Barrios went 0-for-1, ending the season with a .237 average in 76 AB’s. Harold Ramirez didn’t play the last game. He batted .217 in 115 AB’s, with six doubles, one triple and one homer. The league’s playoffs start tonight, with a game between Leones(Barrios and Oderman Rocha) against Tigres(Ramirez and Tito Polo).

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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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