Winter Leagues

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

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

On Wednesday night in Mexico, catcher Sebastian Valle returned to action with his new team. He was drafted by Jalisco for the finals on Tuesday. In his first game back, he went 1-for-4 with a single and run scored, as his team lost by an 11-8 score.

In the Dominican, Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-3 with a run scored in his team's 5-1 win. The Gigantes took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-nine series. On the other side of the field, Gustavo Nunez went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He reached base once on a hit-by-pitch.

In Venezuela, Julio Vivas had a tough inning, but limited the damage. He gave up one run on two hits and two walks, while picking up one strikeout. His team lost 6-1 and they are in danger of missing the playoffs with three games left in the round robin tournament.

In Colombia,...

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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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