Winter Leagues

Winter Leagues: Kang Showing Some Rust; Hellweg Makes His Debut in Mexico

Johnny Hellweg debuted in Mexico over the weekend. Photo Credit: David Hague
Winter Leagues: Kang Showing Some Rust; Hellweg Makes His Debut in Mexico
John Dreker

In the Dominican on Sunday night, Jung-Ho Kang made his third start and he is still showing some rust. He went 0-for-4 with two fly outs, a grounder to shortstop and a strikeout. He is now 1-for-11 at the plate, although he drove in three runs during his season debut. Kang committed his second fielding error, this one leading to the first run in a 3-0 loss. He handled all five chances cleanly after that second inning miscue.

Pablo Reyes batted lead-off in his second start and went 1-for-3 with a single, walk and a sacrifice bunt. He went 1-for-5 in the season opener.

Montana DuRapau had a tough debut on Saturday night, lacking control in his brief outing. So it probably wasn't a good idea to go back to him on Sunday. He took the loss, throwing 1.1 innings, while giving up four runs (...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail

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.

More in Winter Leagues

Winter Leagues Recap: Marte, Kang and Osuna Highlight a Busy Winter for the Pirates

John DrekerFebruary 11, 2018

Winter Leagues: Rodriguez Dominates in Dominican Finals; Playoffs End in Australia

John DrekerFebruary 4, 2018

Winter Leagues: Regular Season Wraps Up in Australia

John DrekerJanuary 28, 2018

Winter Leagues: Connor MacDonald and Elvis Escobar Homer

John DrekerJanuary 26, 2018

Winter Leagues: Escobar Doubles His Team to Victory; Suchy Extends On Base Streak

John DrekerJanuary 22, 2018

Winter Leagues: Suchy and Glendinning Homer; MacDonald Pitches Again

John DrekerJanuary 21, 2018

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2017 Pirates Prospects