With the Dominican Winter League off on Thursday, it was a slow day for Pittsburgh Pirates news in Winter ball.
Arribas is expected to see regular action behind the plate in the ABL
The Australian Baseball League started on Thursday for two teams, but the only two teams with Pirates players began their season today by going up against each other. Danny Arribas was in the starting lineup batting sixth and catching for the Sydney Blue Sox. Arribas batted .308 with the DSL Pirates in 2012, then moved up to the GCL and hit .307 this year. He lost playing time behind the plate when the Pirates signed Reese McGuire, so the ABL season will allow him to catch regularly. On Friday, he went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his team's 10-0 loss.
In the ABL, teams set their roster for each series, so some players will be listed as reserves. Shortstop Sam Kennelly is not on the Perth Heat active roster for this series, so he won't make his debut this weekend. An interesting note with the Hea...
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