Winter Leagues

Winter Leagues: Young Shortstop Prospect Finishes Up a Solid Season in Colombia

Francisco Acuna posted a .374 OBP in Colombia this winter. Photo Credit: Wilbur Miller
Winter Leagues: Young Shortstop Prospect Finishes Up a Solid Season in Colombia
John Dreker

The only action on Sunday in winter ball was in Australia and we had those results in Sunday's Winter Leagues article. Playoffs continue in the Dominican tonight, while they started in Mexico last night and they begin in both Colombia and Venezuela tonight. Puerto Rico will have a playoff series starting this week to determine their representative in the Caribbean World Series. Their regular season was canceled due to the hurricane damage. As of right now, no rosters have been released, so we don't know if any Pittsburgh Pirates will be in the league.

From Colombia on Friday and Saturday night, 17-year-old shortstop Francisco Acuna went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt on Friday, and then went 1-for-3 with a single on Saturday. He finished the regular season with a .243/.374/.322 slash lin...

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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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