Winter Leagues

Winter Leagues: Sam Kennelly Gains Valuable Experience

Winter Leagues: Sam Kennelly Gains Valuable Experience
John Dreker

Monday was a very quiet day in Winter ball everywhere, the only game took place in Venezuela and no Pirates players were involved. With that in mind, we take off from the recaps for a day to take a look at the progress of one of the youngest Pittsburgh Pirates players in Winter ball.

Kennelly is playing full-time in Australia this Winter

The Pirates signed 16-year-old Sam Kennelly in July of 2012 for a $225,000 bonus. He was signed as a shortstop out of Australia by Tony Harris and then played against his scout in the Australian Baseball League last season. Harris managed the Adelaide Bite, while Kennelly played for the Perth Heat.

Kennelly didn't see much time in the ABL last year, getting 32 at-bats over 13 games. Since then, he has played a lot of baseball. Kennelly has recentl...

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Winter Leagues
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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