Pirates Release Rick VandenHurk

According to the Pittsburgh Pirates Twitter feed, the Pirates have asked for release waivers on RHP Rick VandenHurk, so he will be allowed to sign with a foreign club. With the move, the 40-man roster now sits at 39 players. That doesn’t include Francisco Liriano, who has yet to officially sign. VandenHurk went 13-5, 2.92 in 21 appearances for Indianapolis last season, 19 as a starter. He also made four appearances for the...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Marte Returns For Playoffs

In Winter League action from the Dominican last night, Starling Marte returned to his Leones del Escogido team and went 1-for-3, with two walks and a solo homer. With his team holding on to a 3-2 edge, he led off the eighth inning with his home run. Marte hadn’t played since December 8th, finishing the DWL regular season with a .304 average and .845 OPS in 28 games. He batted third and played center field. Marte’s team...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Comeback in Adelaide Falls Short

In Winter League action from today, Adelaide lost 4-3 in a game that came down to Quincy Latimore coming up empty in a big spot. Adelaide trailed 4-3 going into the bottom of the ninth. They staged a comeback, loading the bases with a one out single, followed by two walks with two outs, the first one coming from Stefan Welch. Latimore came up and worked the count to 2-0, then after a swinging strike and two foul balls, he popped out...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Latimore Makes His Debut

In Venezuelan League playoffs last night, Darren Ford went 0-for-4, as his team dropped their opening playoff game 8-1. Ford was the only Pirates player in Venezuela to play yesterday. In the Dominican, Felix Pie and Alex Valdez saw their playoff struggles continue as their team dropped to 0-5 in the round robin tournament. Valdez went 0-for-3, dropping his average to .105 in 19 AB’s, while Pie is now 3-for-19(.158) with just...

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Winter Leagues Update: Playoff Schedule and Notes

With no Winter League action on the schedule for yesterday or today, it’s time to switch to postseason ┬ácoverage for four of the five leagues still playing. The lone exception is the Australian Baseball League, which still has four weeks left to it’s schedule. The League in Puerto Rico wrapped up on Sunday, with Ivan DeJesus taking home the league’s batting crown with his .364 average. He also led the league with 52...

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