Winter Leagues

Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Returns to Lineup

Strikeouts have become as issue for Garcia in winter ball (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Returns to Lineup
John Dreker

In the Dominican on Friday, Willy Garcia started for the first time in over a week and went 1-for-3 with a walk, driving in two runs and stealing a base. He is batting .167 through ten games, with ten strikeouts in 27 at-bats. A late update to Thursday's boxscore, shows that Garcia finished the game on defense in left field. He did not get an at-bat. He was injured on a slide earlier in the season, but it appears this last break was just due to poor hitting.

Pedro Florimon went 0-for-4 with a walk, while committing his first error at shortstop. He's 2-for-12 in his first three games.

Gustavo Nunez was used as a pinch-runner and scored a run. He has gone four straight starts without a hit, dropping his average to .208 through 14 games.

For the fourth time in a row, Edwin Espinal wa...

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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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