Update on Jung-Ho Kang’s Negotiations, Gaby Sanchez Heads to Japan
Jan08

Update on Jung-Ho Kang’s Negotiations, Gaby Sanchez Heads to Japan

Bill Brink had an article this morning in which he says that the agent of Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang is confident they will come to an agreement with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Alan Nero represents Kang and he called the negotiations very positive, saying that Neal Huntington has “tried very hard to basically come to the table with an offer”. The two sides have until January 20th to reach an agreement. Initial contract...

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Winter Leagues: Walk-Off Hit For Gustavo Nunez, Julio Vivas Shutdown…Possibly
Jan08

Winter Leagues: Walk-Off Hit For Gustavo Nunez, Julio Vivas Shutdown…Possibly

On a slow Tuesday in winter ball, Sebastian Valle went 1-for-4 with a double in his team’s 6-2 loss. He has just three hits in 17 playoff at-bats, although those hits are two doubles and a homer. In Venezuela, Gorkys Hernandez went 0-for-4 with two walks and two strikeouts. He stole his first base of the playoffs. In Panama, Edgar Munoz went 0-for-2 with a walk and run scored. We had a write-up on Munoz in Tuesday’s Winter...

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Jordy Mercer’s Impressive Defensive Feat in 2014
Jan07

Jordy Mercer’s Impressive Defensive Feat in 2014

Mark Simon from ESPN found a very impressive accomplishment from Jordy Mercer during the 2014 season, as shown in his tweet below. Defender of the Day Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer did something in 2014 that rated better than every other SS … pic.twitter.com/jCzzZub59Z — Mark Simon (@msimonespn) January 7, 2015 Mercer had a 1.6 WAR on defense in 2014 according to Baseball-Reference. That is up from the 0.2 dWAR...

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Winter Leagues: Gustavo Nunez Reaches Base Four Times, Back-to-Back Multi-Hit Games For Edgar Munoz
Jan06

Winter Leagues: Gustavo Nunez Reaches Base Four Times, Back-to-Back Multi-Hit Games For Edgar Munoz

In the Dominican on Monday night, Alen Hanson went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a strikeout. He played second base and handled all five plays in the field cleanly, including two double plays. He’s made one error in the playoffs. If you missed it from yesterday, Hanson received permission from the Pirates to remain in the Dominican until at least the end of the round robin tournament. In six playoff games, he is 6-for-24 with a...

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Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Gets Permission to Continue Playing, Sebastian Valle Homers
Jan05

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Gets Permission to Continue Playing, Sebastian Valle Homers

In playoff action in the Dominican on Sunday, Alen Hanson went 1-for-4 with a walk in his team’s 7-1 win. He drove in a run in the second inning on a ground out, then brought home another run in the eighth on a single. Toros del Este announced prior to the game that they received permission from the Pittsburgh Pirates to keep Alen Hanson on their roster. He was originally scheduled to attend Rookie Orientation in Washington DC...

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