Winter Leagues: Grand Slam From Gorkys Hernandez, Playoffs Begin in Colombia
Jan11

Winter Leagues: Grand Slam From Gorkys Hernandez, Playoffs Begin in Colombia

In Venezuela on Saturday night, Gorkys Hernandez had just one hit in five trips to the plate and he made his first error of the playoffs, but he made that one hit count. In the fifth inning, Hernandez cleared the bases with a grand slam over the left field wall, helping Caribes de Anzoategui to a 12-7 victory. His team has the best record(5-3) so far in the round robin tournament. Hernandez is hitting .222 in eight playoff games and...

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Winter Leagues: Hanson Struggling in Playoffs, Update on New Pitcher
Jan10

Winter Leagues: Hanson Struggling in Playoffs, Update on New Pitcher

On Friday night in the Dominican playoffs, Alen Hanson had a tough night, going 0-for-5 with a strikeout and his second error of the playoffs. He did score a run in his team’s 7-3 win, so there was a couple positives, but his overall play hasn’t been good the last two weeks.. In nine playoff games, he is hitting .194(7-for-36) with four runs scored out of the lead-off spot. Hanson’s team is 4-7 in the round robin...

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Jon Heyman Reports Pirates and Jung-Ho Kang Are Close to a Deal
Jan09

Jon Heyman Reports Pirates and Jung-Ho Kang Are Close to a Deal

Jon Heyman is reporting that the Pittsburgh Pirates and Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang are close to a deal and it will likely be for four years. Early word said that Kang and his agent were seeking a deal worth $20 M over four seasons, which would be on top of the $5,002,015 bid the Pirates submitted to win the rights to negotiate with Kang.  Heyman says the Pirates “are amenable to the length of the deal as their interest is...

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Pirates Invite Eight Players to Spring Training, Including Tyler Glasnow and Stetson Allie
Jan09

Pirates Invite Eight Players to Spring Training, Including Tyler Glasnow and Stetson Allie

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that eight players have been invited to Spring Training, with some big name prospects among the group. Two of the players invited were pitchers Charlie Leesman and Wilfredo Boscan, both of whom just signed minor league deals. The other six players invited today are pitchers Tyler Glasnow and Adrian Sampson, first baseman Stetson Allie, infielder Gift Ngoepe and outfielders Mel Rojas Jr. and Keon...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #16 – Gage Hinsz
Jan09

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #16 – Gage Hinsz

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find.  While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks.  Be sure to purchase your copy of the book on the products page of the site. To recap...

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Winter Leagues: Tito Polo Leads Team to Playoffs, Leads League in Triples
Jan09

Winter Leagues: Tito Polo Leads Team to Playoffs, Leads League in Triples

In the Dominican from Thursday night, Alen Hanson went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. His average is down to .226 through eight games played. His team is 4-6 in the playoffs with eight games left in the round robin tournament. The Gigantes are 8-2, while the other three teams all have 4-6 records. Only the top two teams advance to the finals. Gustavo Nunez went 0-for-2 with a walk and sacrifice bunt. He is the only Pirates player to start...

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