Winter Leagues

Winter Leagues: Sam Kennelly Gains Valuable Experience

Winter Leagues: Sam Kennelly Gains Valuable Experience

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 recently played club ball for his local team and before that he played for his high school team. He also played Under-18 tournament ball in Taiwan and took part in the Australian Baseball Academy, where he h...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system, with rates lower than $2.25 per month. If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

Winter Leagues

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.

More in Winter Leagues

Garcia is a toolsy player, but history isn't on his side. (Photo credit: David Hague)

Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Homers, Winter Stats For New Players

John DrekerFebruary 8, 2015
Sam Kennelly

Winter Leagues: Hernandez Stars in Caribbean Opener, Kennelly Going to Finals

John DrekerFebruary 3, 2015
Gorkys Hernandez has gone 0-for-8 since returning from the Pirates.

Winter Leagues: Gorkys Hernandez Helps Team to Caribbean Series

John DrekerJanuary 31, 2015
Gorkys Hernandez

Winter Leagues: Gorkys Hernandez Homers, Shows Off Great Defense (With Video)

John DrekerJanuary 26, 2015
Sam Kennelly 2

Winter Leagues: Valle Returns to Action, Kennelly Helps Perth Clinch Playoff Spot

John DrekerJanuary 24, 2015
Mel Rojas, Jr

Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Homers, Sebastian Valle Gets Drafted For Finals in Mexico

John DrekerJanuary 21, 2015

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2015 Pirates Prospects