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Winter Leagues: Matt Hague Drives In Three Runs

In the Dominican on Wednesday night, Matt Hague drove in three runs in his team’s 8-2 win. Hague finished the game 2-for-5 with a run scored. He is hitting .304 with seven RBI’s in 46 AB’s.

Kennelly reached base three times in his season debut

Kennelly reached base three times in his season debut

In Australia, Sam Kennelly made his season debut for the Perth Heat and had a strong game. He went 1-for-2 with two walks and handled all his plays at second base cleanly. Kennelly was signed as a shortstop and has played there in the ABL, but his team had a minor league veteran at SS last night named Joey Wong. He is eight years older than Kennelly, with five years of minor league experience, spending this past season at AA. Last year in the ABL, Kennelly saw time at second base, third base and shortstop for the Perth Heat.

In Venezuela, Jhonathan Ramos faced just one batter in the seventh inning and allowed a single that scored two inherited runners. He was replaced and his runner was left stranded.

In Mexico, Ali Solis went 1-for-4 with an RBI. He is hitting .333 with eight RBI’s in 17 games. Due to a back injury, he played only 29 games this regular season.

In the Veracruz League, Carlos Esqueda went 1-for-4 on Thursday. He is hitting just .158 in 12 games, though he has drawn 12 walks.

The weather has been so bad in Puerto Rico, that games have been postponed on five of the season’s six days so far. The league only has five teams, so one team is always off each day to begin with.

The Colombian League starts play tomorrow.  Harold Ramirez and Tito Polo are the only Pirates players announced so far, but more could be added.

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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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  • deacs

    Is there any future for Matt Hague as a Bucco? Utility player or pinch hitter or will his lack of power negate a call up?

    • John Dreker

      After the season he had this year, it’s tough to see him having much of a future with the Pirates. He led the IL in hits for a second time and with the Pirates in a pennant run, he seemed like a strong September bench option, but obviously didn’t get the call. I think if he showed some more power, he’d get a better look, but as a righty at first base with doubles power at PNC, he has a lot working against him. I still would think he has some use to the team, he is a professional hitter that has done well at every level except the majors and he didn’t get an extended look, or consistent playing time.

      • deacs

        Thanks John. You’re always quick with the response.

        • John Dreker

          No problem, try my best at answering all the questions. I get email notifications of responses, so I usually get to them quick if I’m around

      • piratemike

        I was interested in seeing if Hague could be a platoon partner for Pedro and a quick read on the players page on P2 shot that idea down. He has been playing 1st pretty much exclusively and when he did play 3rd he didn’t handle it very well.
        I would like to see Hague get a shot in the ML but if he does it will be with somebody else.
        John says he will have a hitting clinic in Indy in a month or so. Maybe he has realized that his future may be in coaching.
        I would just hate it if another team picked him up and he went on to a successful career playing first for them while the Bucs are looking all over baseball trying to find one and there he is under their very noses.

  • dr dng

    Hague is not on the 40 man roster.

    Do the Pirates till control him or is he
    currently a free agent?

    Will he be back on the 40 man roster?
    (I would doubt it.)

    I would think some other team might
    have an interest. He can hit. (at least
    we know he can at AAA)

    I would think the only way that he
    returns to the 40 man roster (if he
    is still playing at Indy next year)
    would be if there was a long term
    injury to Alvarez.

    Am I correct about any of these statements?

    • John Dreker

      Hague is still under team control as far as his contract, but he is Rule V eligible, so there is a chance someone could see him as a strong bench option and take him. Someone like Hague wouldn’t have much trouble sticking, but he also doesn’t have a huge upside, so there is a good chance he won’t be picked. Hague has played third base, but he isn’t an everyday option. I think if they needed him, like the need came up for Felix Pie this season, he would be added to the roster. Pie wasn’t having a great season in AAA, but he had experience, so he got a chance. That chance would have to come with multiple injuries, or just a first baseman going down. Without knowing all the roster options for 2014, it’s impossible to say whether he will have a shot at making the team

  • johndw28

    John sorry think I posted this on another article thread but just hoping you could shed light on why Polanco hasn’t been in lineup for Escogido last 2 games?

    • John Dreker

      Don’t mind answering it here too. I’ve checked into it and I haven’t seen a reason why he hasn’t played the last two days. People are asking because it looked like he may have been hurt on Sunday and hasn’t been on the active roster since. The rosters are submitted daily in these leagues. Polanco was trying for a ball in the gap late in Sunday’s game and missed it, then landed awkward. He got up slowly, but stayed in the game, so I don’t know if that is the reason.
      Last year when Starling Marte was in the league, he left twice. Once was to receive an award in the States and the other time was just a break from the team, likely agreed on ahead of time between Escogido and the Pirates. So right now, I’m saying it could be a minor injury, or just some time off so he can play later in the season. If I hear more, I’ll definitely post it.

      • johndw28

        Thanks a lot buddy, greatly appreciate it. Obviously hope if it is injury it is a very minor one. Love your updates.

  • CalipariFan506

    Do you think Harold Ramirez will get significant time in Columbia? He is young and played low level ball but I’d assume the competition in that league is lesser than the Dominican.

    • John Dreker

      He didn’t get a lot of time last year, but he should this year. Last season, Dilson Herrera broke through in the league and was the All-Star MVP, though during the season he was just average at best. I’d rank the league about High-A, so for Ramirez it will be a great test. If he can match or surpass Herrera’s output from last season, then that would be very impressive and a great sign as to his prospect status

  • ADLPirate

    Sam Kennelly had a good night out. He batted six, the hit was off a 135kmh pitch to right and pushed the lead runner from 1st to 3rd, groundout to 3rd and the two walks were all about patience coming off full counts. Fielding was solid given the game was played in light rain throughout. Also he was nice enough to talk about his aims for the season after the game. It was all about gaining experience, maximising the at bats and getting himself prepared for next spring. Nice lad.

    • John Dreker

      Thanks for the info. I’ve talked to Sam numerous times and I agree, very nice kid, knows what he has to do and how to play the game right. It helps growing up with three brothers in pro baseball

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