Winter Leagues: Gorkys Hernandez Helps Team to Win in Playoff Opener
Jan04

Winter Leagues: Gorkys Hernandez Helps Team to Win in Playoff Opener

In playoff action in the Dominican on Saturday night, Alen Hanson went 0-for-4 in his team’s 1-0 win. He played second base and had just two plays in the field, both of which he handled cleanly. Hanson is 4-for-16 in four playoff games. On the other side of the field, Gustavo Nunez went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt. In the other playoff game in the Dominican, Josh Wall faced two batters and struck them both out. He is still a...

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Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Comes Up Big During Ninth Inning Rally
Jan03

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Comes Up Big During Ninth Inning Rally

After everyone was off on New Year’s eve, action picked back up slowly on Thursday with the first day of playoffs in Mexico. While the Venados de Mazatlan roster has five Pirates players listed, it looks like Felipe Gonzalez is the only one that is still active and with the team. On Thursday, he struck out the only batter he faced in his team’s 4-1 loss. Sebastian Valle went 1-for-3 with a double, as his team also lost on...

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Andrew McCutchen Didn’t Hit Many Line Drives in 2014, But the Production Was There
Jan02

Andrew McCutchen Didn’t Hit Many Line Drives in 2014, But the Production Was There

It’s a slow period for baseball news, so this article from Fangraphs is something to hold you over while we wait for the first bit of news from 2015. Tony Blengino takes a look at the leaders and the worst hitters on balls in play in the National League. The four categories he takes a look at are pop ups, line drives, fly balls and grounders. It might be a bit surprising to see Andrew McCutchen listed among the players with the...

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Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Gorkys Hernandez in Season Finale
Dec31

Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Gorkys Hernandez in Season Finale

In Venezuela on Tuesday night, Gorkys Hernandez went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the last game of the regular season. His team finished in first place and will continue on in the playoffs starting on Saturday. Hernandez hit .261/.337/.303 in 142 at-bats. He missed five weeks with a finger injury, returning to the lineup four days ago. Hernandez had hits in each of his last four games. In the Dominican playoffs, Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-3...

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Winter Leagues: Sebastian Valle Hits a Grand Slam in Season Finale
Dec30

Winter Leagues: Sebastian Valle Hits a Grand Slam in Season Finale

In Mexico on Monday night, Sebastian Valle hit a first inning grand slam that helped his team to an 8-3 victory. The homer was his sixth of the winter, the most among Pittsburgh Pirates players. This was the last game of the regular season in Mexico. Valle finished with a .313/.378/.516 slash line in 44 games. The playoffs begin on Thursday. After not playing for 22 days, Felipe Gonzalez pitched for the third straight day. He struck...

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