Winter League Recap: Andrew Lambo and Harold Ramirez Will Play Winter Ball

It was a light day for Pittsburgh Pirates playing Winter ball on Tuesday, but there is news about a few noteworthy players that will be taking part in Winter ball this year.

Harold Ramirez will play Winter Ball in Colombia. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Harold Ramirez will play Winter Ball in Colombia. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Matt Hague went 1-for-3 with a run scored, leaving the game early, as his team lost 18-8. They gave up 17 runs in the first six innings, then sat most of their regulars. Hague is 5-for-15 so far, with a double and home run.

Leones del Escogido was rained out Tuesday night, so the Gregory Polanco show was put on hold for a day.

No Pirates players in the Venezuelan League played on Tuesday.

Andrew Lambo will play Winter ball in the Venezuelan League for Cardenales de Lara. He is scheduled to start playing sometime shortly after November 15th.

Harold Ramirez has been confirmed for the Colombian Baseball League, which begins play on November 8th. Tito Polo will also play on the same team as Ramirez. Polo was invited to the Fall Instructional League after putting up strong numbers in the DSL this year. Ramirez was named the top prospect in the New York-Penn League this year.

The Veracruz League released the rosters today and Carlos Esqueda is on the Rojos De Veracruz roster. He has played two seasons in the VSL and two in the DSL for the Pirates. Since the foreign leagues have a four year limit, the Pirates must either bring him to the States next year for Spring Training or release him. His brother Jherson Esqueda was a rookie in the DSL for the Pirates this season. Carlos Esqueda is 0-for-7 through two games.

If you missed it from late last week, the Pirates signed three players from Mexico.

Author: 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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