Winter Leagues

Winter Leagues: Elvis Escobar Finishes Up Strong; Michael Suchy Extends Hit Streak

Elvis Escobar played in all but two of his team's games this winter. Photo Credit: David Hague
Winter Leagues: Elvis Escobar Finishes Up Strong; Michael Suchy Extends Hit Streak
John Dreker

In Venezuela, the regular season wrapped up on Friday and Elvis Escobar finished up strong. He went 2-for-3 with a triple, a walk and the only run scored in a 1-0 game. He also stole two bases. He had two hits in Thursday's game, including his ninth double. Escobar finished the season with a .272/.328/.342 slash line in 61 games. He had nine doubles, two triples and he went 5-for-8 in steals.

That's a surprisingly low number of stolen base attempts when you realize that the Pirates asked his to work on his base running this winter. His team made the playoffs, so he should have a chance to continue on with his winter unless the Pirates shut him down. I haven't seen any indication that they will do that yet.

In Mexico, Jerrick Suiter went 0-for-4, driving in a run in the ninth inning o...

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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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