Winter Leagues

Winter Leagues: Nefi Ogando Pitches Well in Dominican Playoffs

PNC Park. Photo Credit: David Hague
Winter Leagues: Nefi Ogando Pitches Well in Dominican Playoffs
John Dreker

Five days worth of winter league action covered below. The five players mentioned here are the last five Pittsburgh Pirates still playing winter ball.

Monday

In Venezuela, Elvis Escobar played the last two innings on defense in left field without getting an at-bat.

In the Dominican, Nefi Ogando returned from the winter mini-camp in Bradenton from last week and rejoined his team in the playoffs. He threw a shutout inning, retiring the side in order on two ground outs and a strikeout.

Tuesday

In the Dominican, Jason Rogers played for the first time in four games and went 0-for-4. He's mostly been playing left field in winter ball, though this game he was at first base.

The round robin tournament ended on Tuesday night, as two of the four teams advanced to the finals. That l...

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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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