Winter Leagues: Playoffs Start in the Dominican, Gorkys Hernandez Returns to Action
Dec28

Winter Leagues: Playoffs Start in the Dominican, Gorkys Hernandez Returns to Action

The Dominican League playoffs began on Saturday night and three Pittsburgh Pirates players saw action. Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and an outfield assist. His team didn’t make the playoffs, but Rojas was one of a handful of players that were drafted by the teams that did make it into the round robin tournament. Willy Garcia struck out as a pinch-hitter in his only at-bat. He finished the regular season with...

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Winter Leagues: Sebastian Valle Returns From Injury, Harold Ramirez Struggles in Colombia
Dec27

Winter Leagues: Sebastian Valle Returns From Injury, Harold Ramirez Struggles in Colombia

On Christmas night, Sebastian Valle returned from a finger injury suffered on December 14th and went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. On Friday night, Valle went 0-for-4 at the plate, but did throw out both runners that attempted to steal. Through 41 games, he is hitting .299/.371/.470, with five doubles and five homers. While he falls short of having enough plate appearances to qualify for league leaders, his .841 OPS falls...

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Pirates Re-Sign Andy Vasquez
Dec24

Pirates Re-Sign Andy Vasquez

One of the longest tenured Pittsburgh Pirates players has returned to the organization as a minor league free agent. Andy Vasquez, who signed as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2006, will return for his ninth season in the farm system. He spent the 2014 season with Altoona, where he hit .268/.304/.463 in 96 games, seeing time at six different positions. Vasquez has done everything except catch during his time...

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Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Gets Drafted For Playoffs, Treanor Picks Up Award
Dec24

Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Gets Drafted For Playoffs, Treanor Picks Up Award

The Dominican League wrapped up play on Sunday, so action in winter ball was very light on Monday, but there was some news related to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Dean Treanor was named the Manager of the Year for guiding Estrellas de Oriente to a 32-18 record and first place in the league. It is his third time winning the award. Treanor has managed the Pirates AAA club in Indianapolis the last four years. On the field on Monday in...

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Blue Jays Claim Preston Guilmet
Dec23

Blue Jays Claim Preston Guilmet

The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Guilmet was designated for assignment on Friday to make room on the 40-man roster for Corey Hart. The Pirates purchased the 27-year-old pitcher from the Baltimore Orioles in early October.

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