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
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.
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.