Winter Leagues

Winter Leagues: Busy Night for Altoona Curve Outfielders

Elvis Escobar has played 59 games this winter in Venezuela. Photo Credit: David Hague
Winter Leagues: Busy Night for Altoona Curve Outfielders
John Dreker

Three current Pittsburgh Pirates were in action yesterday and strangely enough, all three were outfielders for Altoona this season. As recently as September 2nd, they were the three starting outfielders for the Curve in the same game. A fourth outfielder for Altoona could have played last night as well, but there was a little trouble at his home stadium early in the game (see video below) and the game was postponed.

After taking last week off due to the All-Star break and Christmas, the Australian league resumed play on Thursday. Michael Suchy went 1-for-5 with a single and a run scored in his first game back. He is now hitting .250/.341/.431 through 20 games. He has a seven-game hit streak.

In Venezuela, Elvis Escobar went 1-for-4 with a single. He is hitting .260/.316/.316 in 59 ga...

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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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