Winter Leagues

Winter League Results Provided Very Few Highlights for the Pirates

A wrist injury really cut into Alen Hanson's winter this off-season. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
Winter League Results Provided Very Few Highlights for the Pirates
John Dreker

The winter league season is winding down, so now is a good time to recap the action. Only five players from the Pittsburgh Pirates are still in action and that number will drop very soon. You'll probably get one more winter recap article next weekend, but that won't drastically change any of the season performances listed below. With that in mind, I'm going to break down the players by league so it's easier to explain how their performance translates to success. For example, a .700 OPS in the Dominican league this year would be well above league average, but if that same player put up that number in Venezuela or Mexico, he would have had a below average season.
Dominican Republic
We start in the Dominican Republic because it's the league with the most talent. It was heavy with pitching t...

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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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