Winter Leagues

Winter Leagues: Connor MacDonald and Elvis Escobar Homer

Escobar's team is one loss away from losing the Venezuelan league finals. Photo Credit: David Hague
Winter Leagues: Connor MacDonald and Elvis Escobar Homer
John Dreker

Action from the last three days of winter ball below. There were no games of interest on Monday. Seven Pittsburgh Pirates were still playing as of Tuesday, though one saw his season end that day.
In game three of the Venezuelan league finals, Elvis Escobar went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in his team's 8-3 win. Going into the eighth inning, Lara trailed 3-0. Escobar hit the second of three solo homers in the inning to tie the score. It was his first home run in 69 games this off-season and it came off of Logan Darnell, a southpaw (Escobar bats lefty) with Major League experience.

In the opening game of the Dominican league finals,  Richard Rodriguez threw a shutout inning, giving up one hit, while striking out two batters. His team took game one by an 8-1 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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