Winter Leagues

Winter Leagues: A 2017 Draft Pick Makes His Winter Debut

Robbie Glendinning is playing winter ball in Australia. Photo Credit: Wilbur Miller
Winter Leagues: A 2017 Draft Pick Makes His Winter Debut
John Dreker

From Friday in Australia, Robbie Glendinning, who was selected by the Pirates in the 21st round of the 2017 draft, made his winter debut for the Perth Heat. He played shortstop and went 0-for-1 with three walks and a run scored.  Glendinning hit .198/.342/.229 in 29 games with Morgantown after being drafted. Going back to 2008 (first year for winter stats on Pirates.com), no other draft pick has played winter ball during the same year they were drafted.

Michael Suchy went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. He extended his hitting streak to eight games and now has a .250/.344/.421 slash line through 21 games.

From Colombia, we have results from the last two games for 17-year-old shortstop Francisco Acuna. On Tuesday night, he went 2-for-2, with a walk, sacrifice hit and a run score...

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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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