Winter Leagues

Winter Leagues: Escobar Doubles His Team to Victory; Suchy Extends On Base Streak

Elvis Escobar is one of seven Pirates still playing this winter. Photo Credit: David Hague
Winter Leagues: Escobar Doubles His Team to Victory; Suchy Extends On Base Streak
John Dreker

On Sunday in Australia, Michael Suchy extended his on base streak to 21 games by going 2-for-5 with a single and his 12th double. He scored two runs and drove in a pair. With one week remaining in the season, Suchy is hitting .306/.386/.570 through 34 games. In this unusually high year for offense, he only ranks 15th in the league in OPS. For reference sake, those same numbers in 2016 would have had him just a few points behind the league leader in OPS, and every year going back to the 2010 season, he would have been no lower than ninth place.

After making his second straight scoreless appearance on the mound yesterday, Connor MacDonald was back at first base, where he went 1-for-4 with a double, HBP and two runs scored. He's hitting .281/.351/.570 in 33 games, while striking out in 37....

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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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