Winter Leagues

Winter Leagues: Finals Begin in Dominican League Without Some Top Pirates Prospects

Winter Leagues: Finals Begin in Dominican League Without Some Top Pirates Prospects
John Dreker

Action is beginning to slow down in winter leagues for Pittsburgh Pirates players, so the articles will be spread out a little more. The action on the field in winter ball is heating up though, as we are nearing the Caribbean Series, where the best teams from Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Dominican will face-off for the title. The teams are also being set for the Latin American Series, which will have the best teams from the Colombian, Nicaraguan and Panamanian leagues, as well as the  Veracruz League(Mexico).

In Venezuela on Friday night, both Wilfredo Boscan and Julio Vivas got into the game for their team, as a 7-0 deficit after two innings caused Zulia to go to the bullpen early. Boscan pitched well, allowing one run over 3.1 innings. He gave up one hit, one walk and had fi...

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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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