In the Venezuelan League on Friday night, Andrew Lambo went 0-for-3 with a walk. The interesting part is that he got his third start of the VWL season at first base. During the seventh inning, Lambo switched on defense to right field. While at first base, he handled two ground balls, a pop up and had seven putouts.
Sands had a double and RBI on Friday
Elvis Escobar came in as a pinch-runner in the eighth inning. It was the fifth appearance of the Winter for the 19-year-old outfielder. He did not score a run or bat.
Carlos Ruiz made his second appearance, getting a ground out from the only batter he has faced. Ruiz has pitched four years in the VSL/DSL for the Pirates. He has thrown one inning so far, allowing no runs and one hit.
In the Dominican, Carlos Paulino went 0-for-2 in his team's 1-0 loss. He was pinch-hit for in the eighth inning by Oscar Tejeda, who was just signed by the Washington Nationals. Paulino is hitting .213 through 17 games.
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.