In Winter League action from Saturday night, three Pittsburgh Pirates minor leaguers got into action, two in the Venezuelan League and one in Mexico. We also have news of two other players that will be playing Winter ball in the Dominican.
Gregory Polanco was the number four prospect in Baseball America's FSL top 20.
In Venezuela, Jose Osuna got his first AB last night after appearing as a defensive replacement in his first game. Osuna grounded out as a pinch hitter in the eighth, then finished the game on defense at first base.
Pitcher Jhondaniel Medina had a strong debut on Friday night, striking out three of the four batters he faced. On Saturday, he faced just one batter, threw a wild pitch and issued a walk before being pulled. The runner did not score.
In Mexico, catcher Ali Solis got the Opening Day start for Tomateros de Culiacan. He went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. Solis missed most of the 2013 season with back issues. He split the year between Altoona and Indiana...
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.