Winter Leagues

Winter Leagues: Strong Hitting from Elvis Escobar; Yoandy Fernandez Gets Start in Mexico

Elvis Escobar will be working on his base running during winter ball this year. Photo Credit: David Hague
Winter Leagues: Strong Hitting from Elvis Escobar; Yoandy Fernandez Gets Start in Mexico
John Dreker

Winter League baseball began Tuesday night in Venezuela and Mexico, and it starts tonight in the Dominican. We posted our winter league preview here on Wednesday morning. Here's a recap of the action from the first three days of winter ball. More players will start to see action as the season progresses and the articles should appear almost daily throughout the off-season.

In Venezuela on Tuesday, Elvis Escobar was the only Pirate player to see action. As I mentioned in the preview, the Pirates want him to work on stealing bases this winter. He went 2-for-4 with two singles in the opening game and was thrown out stealing in his only attempt. Expect him to run a lot this winter.

On Wednesday, Escobar went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and a run scored. He followed that up on Thursday wi...

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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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