Winter League Recap: The Dominican League Starts Tonight

The Winter League season is almost in full gear as the Dominican Winter League begins tonight. Also, the Veracruz League begins play as well. The Venezuelan League was in full gear last night, with four Pirates players getting into action.

Gregory Polanco begins his Winter League season tonight

Gregory Polanco begins his Winter League season tonight

Jose Osuna came in as a defensive replacement at first base in the eighth inning and didn’t get a chance to bat. In three games, all off the bench, he has batted once.

Elias Diaz got his second start behind the plate for the Bravos de Margarita. He went 1-for-2 with a single before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning.

Jhonathan Ramos made his third relief appearance for the Bravos. He ended up with his second loss after giving up a solo homer in the seventh inning. Ramos pitched 2/3 of an inning, allowing the one run on two hits and he picked up one strikeout. He has allowed two runs over three innings, both runs scoring on solo homers.

Jhondaniel Medina pitched to one batter last night, getting a fly ball that allowed a run to score. The play had a lot of Pirates connections involved. The batter was Jose Castillo, the second baseman from the 2004-07 Pirates and the runner scoring from third base was Gorkys Hernandez. Medina has pitched three times and hasn’t given up a hit in 1.2 innings. He has three strikeouts.

In Mexico, Ali Solis went 0-for-2 in his third start. He was pinch-hit for in the seventh inning. Solis is 1-for-10 so far this season.

From Wednesday night, Luis Sanz was the only Pirates player to get into action. He gave up a solo homer in one inning of work. It was his season debut for Leones del Caracas.

Opening Day In The Dominican

The Dominican Winter League starts Friday night. Rosters will be updated throughout the day. So far, the following Pirates players are confirmed for the league:

Toros del Este: Emmanuel De Leon, Joan Montero, Matt Hague, Andy Vasquez

Estrellas de Oriente: Stolmy Pimentel, Felix Pie

Leones del Escogido: Gregory Polanco

The Veracruz League mentioned above is a second league in Mexico, where the level of competition is slightly less than the Mexican Winter League. The rosters have yet to be updated, but there will likely be some Pirates players taking part in the league. Just two of the eight teams in the league play tonight, the other six open their season tomorrow.

John Dreker

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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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