Pirates Prospects » Winter Leagues http://www.piratesprospects.com Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:16:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Winter Leagues: Tony Sanchez Headed to the Dominican http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/11/winter-leagues-tony-sanchez-headed-to-the-dominican.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/11/winter-leagues-tony-sanchez-headed-to-the-dominican.html#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:00:17 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=90476 Catcher Tony Sanchez is leaving for the Dominican on Wednesday, going there to play for Toros del Este. He played some first base late in the season this year, but he will go to the Dominican strictly to play catcher. He should probably see action in about 5-7 days. Last year when Andrew Lambo joined his Venezuelan team a few weeks after the season started, he took five days before he played his first game. Sanchez batted .235/.337/.422 in 81 games with Indianapolis this year and .267/.300/.360 in 26 games for the Pirates.

In the Dominican, Willy Garcia had two big games in the previous two days, but he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Tuesday night.

Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-4 with a double, walk and run scored. The double was his fourth of the season.  He is hitting .246 in 19 games with 13 runs scored.

In Puerto Rico, Bryton Trepagnier pitched two scoreless innings in his third game of the year, giving up one hit and picking up two strikeouts. In his first two appearances combined, he allowed four runs on five hits and three walks in four innings.

In Mexico, Felipe Gonzalez threw 1.1 scoreless innings. He gave up a single and didn’t walk or strikeout anyone. Gonzalez lowered his ERA to 3.77 in 14.1 innings.

The winter season began in Colombia in the last few days. Both Tito Polo and Harold Ramirez will play in the league. The league hasn’t posted any stats from the first three days, so there isn’t much info to go on yet. Polo started his team’s last game in right field.

Earlier in the off-season, we were mentioning Dean Anna daily because he was tearing up the Mexican League. Anna signed as a free agent with the St Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. He hit .322/.487/.390 in 17 games in Mexico, but hasn’t played since October 29th.

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Winter League: Willy Garcia Homers, Continues Hot Streak http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/11/winter-league-willy-garcia-homers-continues-hot-streak.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/11/winter-league-willy-garcia-homers-continues-hot-streak.html#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:00:56 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=90367 In the Dominican on Sunday night, Willy Garcia went 3-for-5 with a double, run scored and his first stolen base. The double was his fifth of the season. Garcia is hitting .341 in 44 at-bats.

Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-5 with an RBI. He has a .258 average in 17 games and has driven in seven runs.

Carlos Paulino went 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored. He has started three times in the last four days after playing twice in the first four weeks.

Rafael Perez retired the only batter he faced on Sunday. More on him below.

In Venezuela, Matt Nevarez and Jhonathan Ramos each threw a scoreless inning of relief. They both retired the side in order. Nevarez picked up a strikeout. Ramos has thrown seven scoreless innings in his nine appearances. He has given up just two hits and two walks.

Ramon Cabrera went 0-for-3, starting his second game in a row after not getting a start for nine days. In 18 games, he is hitting .222 and all 12 of his hits have been singles.

A.J. Morris pitched one inning of relief, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.  In six appearances, he has pitched seven innings and allowed five earned runs on nine hits and four walks, with six strikeouts.

In Mexico, Carlos Munoz started for the second straight day, but he was pinch-hit for in the fourth inning. He flew out to center field in his only at-bat. Munoz is 1-for-8 with four strikeouts.

Monday’s Action

Monday was a slow day in winter ball for Pirates players. All of the action happened in the Dominican.

Willy Garcia had another nice game on Monday, hitting his first homer, plus a double in four at-bats. The better news is that he has just ten strikeouts in 48 at-bats, well below his average during the season.

Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-3 before leaving for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning.

Rafael Perez retired the last batter in the sixth inning, stranding an inherited runner. In the seventh, he gave up a lead-off double before being replaced. That run came around to score. He has pitched seven innings over eight appearances, posting a 6.43 ERA.

Wirfin Obispo had a rough game, allowing two runs on two hits and three walks in one inning. He had not allowed an earned run in his first eight appearances.

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Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Gets Hit Around in the Dominican http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/11/winter-leagues-stolmy-pimentel-gets-hit-around-in-the-dominican.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/11/winter-leagues-stolmy-pimentel-gets-hit-around-in-the-dominican.html#comments Sun, 09 Nov 2014 14:00:22 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=90355 Stolmy Pimentel is looking to make up for some lost innings this year by pitching in the Dominican, but he didn’t get much time in on Saturday night. Pimentel gave up five earned runs on six hits and a walk in 1.1 innings. He threw a wild pitch and failed to pick up a strikeout. This was the third winter start for him and his ERA now sits at 11.05 through 7.1 innings. Pimentel has allowed 13 hits, with four walks and four strikeouts. He pitched 43 innings total during the 2014 season after throwing 178.2 innings in 2013.

Pimentel’s outing wasn’t all bad news for Pittsburgh Pirates fans because the walk and one of the hits he gave up, came from Mel Rojas Jr., who went 2-for-3 with a walk and a triple. Rojas scored three runs and drove in his sixth run of the season. He has reached base eight times in the last three games.

Willy Garcia went 0-for-4. He is hitting .308 through 39 at-bats, with four doubles and four walks.

In Venezuela, Ramon Cabrera started for the first time in over a week and had a big night. He went 2-for-3, with two walks, an RBI and three runs scored. He really struggled early in the year, but he now has his average up to .235 through 17 games, with a 7:6 BB/SO ratio. Cabrera still hasn’t recorded an extra-base hit in 51 at-bats.

In Puerto Rico, Bryton Trepagnier made his second appearance and allowed one run over two innings. He gave up a walk and a hit without recording a strikeout. He has allowed four runs in four innings.

In Mexico, first baseman Carlos Munoz got his first start and collected his first hit. He went 1-for-3 with a run scored. He also committed an error on Saturday. Munoz is 1-for-7 with four strikeouts in five games.

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Winter Leagues: A.J. Morris Has His Best Winter Outing, Rojas Picks Up Two Hits http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/11/winter-leagues-a-j-morris-has-his-best-winter-outing-rojas-picks-up-two-hits.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/11/winter-leagues-a-j-morris-has-his-best-winter-outing-rojas-picks-up-two-hits.html#comments Sat, 08 Nov 2014 13:41:59 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=90306 From Thursday’s action in Dominican winter ball, Willy Garcia walked as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, then finished the game in center field during his team’s 12-1 win. The walk was his fourth of the season and his only plate appearance of the game.

Rafael Perez was on the other side of the 12-1 loss. He managed to pitch two shutout innings, allowing one walk and no hits. He has given up four runs over 6.1 innings this year.

Catcher Carlos Paulino played his third game, coming off the bench to play defense in the eighth inning. He collected a single in his only at-bat.

In Venezuela, Junior Sosa went 2-for-5 with a double. He batted lead-off and played center field.

Julio Vivas threw two shutout inning, allowing one hit and striking out two batters. He has pitched six times in relief, throwing a total of five shutout innings. Vivas has allowed two hits and hasn’t walked a batter. It’s an impressive showing so far from him, as he spent the majority of this season pitching in the GCL. During the regular season, he had a 1.01 ERA in 26.2 innings.

Ramon Cabrera singled as a pinch-hitter for the third straight game. Before losing his starting job, he went 7-for-45 and all seven hits were singles.

In Mexico, Carlos Munoz pinch-hit for the fourth time and flew out to left field. It was a small victory for Munoz, who struck out in each of his first three at-bats this winter.

Eduardo Vera had a rough inning, giving up four runs on two hits and two walks. As a pitcher that spent the season in the GCL this year, the Mexican winter league is a huge step up in competition.

Friday’s Action

In the Dominican League on Friday, Mel Rojas Jr. went 2-for-4 with his third double of the winter. He is hitting .241 through 15 games.

Willy Garcia went 1-for-4 with a single. He biggest issue popped up for the first time all winter, as he struck out three times. Coming into the game, he had just five strikeouts in 31 at-bats.

Wirfin Obispo pitched a scoreless inning of relief, retiring the side in order. He struck out two batters. In eight appearances, he has throw 6.2 innings without allowing an earned run.

Carlos Paulino went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts before being pinch-hit for in the ninth inning.

In Venezuela, Junior Sosa went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a double. He is hitting .325 through 12 games. Sosa played just 12 regular season games for Altoona this year and hit .360, with an .865 OPS.

Jhonathan Ramos threw a scoreless inning. He walked one batter. In eight appearances, Ramos has thrown six shutout innings, giving up just two hits and two walks.

Matt Nevarez had his first tough outing of the winter, giving up four earned runs while recording just one out. He allowed two hits and two walks and picked up the loss. We found out on Friday that Nevarez signed with the Pirates for the 2015 season.

A.J. Morris threw 1.2 scoreless innings, allowing just a walk. It was his longest outing since throwing two innings during his first game on October 9th and just his fourth appearance since his winter debut. Morris has allowed four earned runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings.

In Mexico, Felipe Gonzalez picked up the loss for Mazatlan. He gave up one run on a hit and three walks in 1.2 innings. He has a 4.15 ERA in 13 innings over 11 appearances.

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Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Moved to Reserve List http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/11/winter-leagues-stetson-allie-moved-to-reserve-list.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/11/winter-leagues-stetson-allie-moved-to-reserve-list.html#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:00:55 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=90205 Three days worth of winter league recaps in this article.

Monday was a slow day in winter ball, with one game in the Dominican and one in Venezuela. No Pittsburgh Pirates players were active in the Dominican, but three saw action in Venezuela. A.J. Morris pitched for the first time since October 14th and did not do well in his only inning. He gave up one run on three hits and struck out one batter. Morris got roughed up in two of his previous three games, giving up four runs over two innings. In his other outing, he struck out all three batters he faced.

Jhonathan Ramos struck out the only batter he faced. In seven appearances, he has thrown five shutout innings.

Junior Sosa went 0-for-4 with a walk. He played center field and batted lead-off. Sosa is hitting .281/.378/.344 in ten games.


It was another slow schedule, but this time it was due to the weather postponing three games throughout the leagues.

In the Dominican, Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. He is now hitting .220 through 14 games.

In Mexico, Felipe Gonzalez allowed two solo homers and picked up the loss. In two innings, he gave up two runs on three hits and two walks, with two strikeouts.


In the Dominican, Willy Garcia went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. His numbers during his limited time are still strong, with a .355 average and a 3:5 BB/SO ratio in 31 at-bats.

In Mexico, Carlos Munoz struck out as a pinch-hitter. He has three at-bats this year, all as a pinch-hitter and he has struck out all three times. During the regular season, Munoz struck out 16 times in 230 plate appearances.

Allie Removed From Active Roster

Stetson Allie has been moved to the reserve list of Mazatlan in the Mexican league. While an official reason hasn’t been given, there has been a lot of talk recently about his struggles in the clean-up spot. Allie missed a couple games due to illness, then was used as a pinch-hitter when he returned. He has a .276/.382/.328 slash line in 58 at-bats, with three doubles and no triples or homers.

While this is considered an off-season league to people in the United States, these teams are playing for a shot at the Caribbean World Series, so if a player doesn’t perform well, he will get benched, put on the reserve list or sent home. For now, Allie is on the reserve roster, which could mean a number of things, such as an injury, not playing well, or scheduled off time, which is common with players from the U.S. playing in winter ball.

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Winter League: Big Hits From Jose Osuna and Willy Garcia http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/11/winter-league-big-hits-from-jose-osuna-and-willy-garcia.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/11/winter-league-big-hits-from-jose-osuna-and-willy-garcia.html#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:00:24 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=90161 In the Dominican, Willy Garcia went 2-for-4 with a walk, double and he drove in two runs. He played center field and made his first start since last Sunday. Garcia is 11-for-28 with three walks and four strikeouts.

Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-5 with an outfield assist. He is now hitting .229 through 13 games.

In Venezuela, Jose Osuna got his first at-bats since October 23rd. He went 1-for-3 with a two-run double and a walk, plus he scored a run. Osuna slumped early in the year, going 2-for-22 and before Sunday’s game, he had only appeared as a late game defensive replacement in the last week.

Jhonathan Ramos retired the only batter he faced. In six appearances, he has thrown 4.2 scoreless innings.

Matt Nevarez retired all three batters he faced. In ten appearances, he has a 1.59 ERA over 11.1 innings. He has given up five hits and hasn’t walked a batter.

Ramon Cabrera had a pinch-hit RBI single in the ninth inning. It was his second straight game with a pinch-hit RBI single. He is batting .191 and all nine of his hits are singles.

Julio Vivas struck out the only batter he faced. He had made five appearances, throwing a total of three shutout innings. Vivas has allowed one hit, he has hit a batter and recorded two strikeouts.

In Mexico, Stetson Allie pinch-hit in the ninth inning and had an RBI ground out. In 17 games, Allie has a .276/.382/.328 slash line, with three doubles and five RBIs.

Felipe Gonzalez retired both batters he faced, one by strikeout. He came into the game with two runners on and allowed one to score on a sacrifice fly. Gonzalez has made nine appearances, posting a 2.89 ERA in 9.1 innings, with nine strikeouts.

Carlos Munoz struck out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, then stayed in the game on defense at first base. He has struck out in both of his at-bats this year.

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Winter Leagues: Gregory Polanco Will Play Winter Ball This Year http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/11/winter-leagues-gregory-polanco-will-play-winter-ball-this-year.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/11/winter-leagues-gregory-polanco-will-play-winter-ball-this-year.html#comments Sun, 02 Nov 2014 14:52:06 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=90130 On Friday night, Moises Alou announced that Gregory Polanco will play winter ball this upcoming season, joining Leones del Escogido in early December. Alou is the general manager of the Leones club and also mentioned that a decision hasn’t be made yet on Starling Marte. Polanco was the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the Dominican Winter League last year.

Saturday was a slow night for Pittsburgh Pirates players in winter ball. In the Dominican, Mel Rojas Jr. came on as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning. He played center field and did not have a chance in the field as all three outs were strikeouts.

Wirfin Obispo pitched a scoreless inning. He allowed one hit, walked one and had one strikeout. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in 5.2 innings over seven appearances.

In Venezuela, Junior Sosa went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored. He is hitting .321 in 28 at-bats, with a .799 OPS.

Matt Nevarez threw a scoreless inning of relief.  He retired the side in order, picking up a strikeout. In nine appearances, he has given up two runs in 10.1 innings.

In Puerto Rico, Bryton Trepagnier had a rough time in his winter debut. He threw two innings, giving up three runs on four hits, with two walks and two strikeouts. During the regular season in Bradenton’s bullpen, he he gave up more than two runs just once this year(June 23rd, 4 ER) in 38 appearances. That same game was the only time he allowed more than three hits as well.

In Mexico, Stetson Allie walked as a pinch-hitter in the tenth inning and scored a run in his team’s 6-4 victory. He missed a couple games earlier this week due to sickness, then went 0-for-2 during his return on Friday night.

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Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Goes Four Innings in Second Start http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/11/winter-leagues-stolmy-pimentel-goes-four-innings-in-second-start.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/11/winter-leagues-stolmy-pimentel-goes-four-innings-in-second-start.html#comments Sat, 01 Nov 2014 12:00:29 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=90114 Some recaps from the Thursday night west coast games before getting into Friday’s action, which included Stetson Allie returning to the lineup and Stolmy Pimentel going two more innings than his first start.

From very late Thursday night in the Mexican League, Carlos Munoz made his winter debut and struck out as a pinch-hitter. He spent the season in the GCL, so this winter league is a huge step up for him. His team had two players out with stomach ailments, including Stetson Allie, so Munoz got his first chance to play.

In that same game that Munoz made his debut, two Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers got work out of the bullpen for Mazatlan. Eduardo Vera threw a scoreless inning despite giving up three walks and a hit. Felipe Gonzalez also threw a scoreless frame, allowing one hit, while picking up two strikeouts.

From Friday night in Mexico, Stetson Allie returned to the lineup after missing a couple games. He was the DH and batted twice before leaving the game for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning.

Felipe Gonzalez pitched for a second day in a row and gave up one run on two hits in one inning of work. He recorded one strikeout.

In the Dominican, Stolmy Pimentel got his second start and went four innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, with one strikeout. In his debut, he allowed two runs over two innings of work. Between his time with the Pirates and his rehab assignment in the minors, Pimentel pitched just 43 innings this season, so he is making up for lost time in winter ball. In 2013, he threw a total of 178.2 innings.

Willy Garcia saw his first action in five days and doubled as a pinch-hitter. He stayed in the game in left field and grounded out to shortstop for the last out of the game.

Rafael Perez pitched 1.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits(one homer), one walk and he had one strikeout. He has given up four runs over 4.1 innings in five relief appearances this winter.

Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-4 with a double, walk and two runs scored. He is hitting .256 through 43 at-bats, with two extra-base hits, both doubles.

In Venezuela, Junior Sosa went 1-for-4 with a run scored. He reached base four times on Thursday despite not starting the game.

Jose Osuna came on as a defensive replacement at first base and did not get a chance to bat. After a slow start at the plate, this is the first game he has played in eight days.

Ramon Cabrera had a pinch-hit RBI single in his only at-bat. He is now hitting .174 and all eight hits have been singles.

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Winter Leagues: Two More Leagues Start With a Handful of Pirates on the Rosters http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/10/winter-leagues-two-more-leagues-start-with-a-handful-of-pirates-on-the-rosters.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/10/winter-leagues-two-more-leagues-start-with-a-handful-of-pirates-on-the-rosters.html#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:40:59 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=90061 There are two days of winter ball action summarized below. The Australian Baseball League started on Thursday, but there weren’t any Pittsburgh Pirates players in action. So far, only Sam Kennelly and Nick Hutchings are slated to play in Australia. The league in Puerto Rico started Thursday night as well. The rosters that have been announced so far have three Pirates minor league players, Yhonathan Barrios, Bryton Trepagnier and Robert Andino.

In the Dominican on Wednesday night, catcher Carlos Paulino got his first start and went 1-for-3 with a run scored. His only other appearance was as a late game defensive replacement.

Mel Rojas Jr. went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. He had an outfield assist and stole a base against Paulino.

In Venezuela, Junior Sosa went 0-for-3 with a walk in his first start since last week. He is 4-for-18 so far with a .522 OPS(before Thursday’s action, see below).

In Mexico, Dean Anna went 1-for-3 with a walk. He has reached base at least once in all 16 starts. Anna has an .877 OPS.

Thursday’s Action

In the Dominican, Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-5 with a run scored. He is hitting .256 through 39 at-bats.

In Venezuela, Francisco Diaz made his winter debut for Tiburones de la Guaira and went 0-for-3 before leaving for a pinch-hitter in the ninth.

Junior Sosa pinch-hit in the seventh inning and had himself quite a game as it went into extra-innings. He finished 2-for-2 with two walks and not only scored the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, he drove in the winning run with two outs in the 12th.

Matt Nevarez got the win for Bravos de Margarita despite allowing the go-ahead run in the top of the 12th inning. He gave up one hit, a solo homer, and struck out two batters in his 1.2 innings.

Ramon Cabrera went 0-for-3 and his average is down to .156 through 13 games, with seven singles in 45 at-bats.

Jhonathan Ramos pitched a scoreless inning, retiring the side in order. In five outings, he has thrown 4.1 scoreless innings.

Reports out of Mexico are that Stetson Allie has missed the last couple days due to a stomach virus.

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Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Isn’t Hitting Homers, But Keeps Getting On Base http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/10/winter-leagues-stetson-allie-isnt-hitting-homers-but-keeps-getting-on-base.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/10/winter-leagues-stetson-allie-isnt-hitting-homers-but-keeps-getting-on-base.html#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:23:03 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=89994 Monday night was a slow night in winter ball, with just one game scheduled in each active league. In the Dominican, Wirfin Obispo retired all three batters he faced. He has thrown 4.1 innings, allowing just one unearned run. In Venezuela, Julio Vivas threw a scoreless inning of relief, allowing one hit. He has thrown 2.2 scoreless innings over four appearances, giving up one hit and no walks. In Mexico, Dean Anna went 0-for-3 with an RBI. He was also hit by a pitch in the seventh inning.

On Tuesday in Mexico, Stetson Allie went 0-for-3 with a walk. He has reached base at least once in all 14 games this season. Allie has a .291/.391/.345 slash line in 64 plate appearances. He has an 8:18 BB/SO ratio, but hasn’t shown any power yet in a league known for offense. Allie has just three extra-base hits, all doubles. His .736 OPS ranks 26th in the league, while his slugging has him ranked 37th overall and it’s 14 points below his team’s average. His OBP is in line with what we have seen from him during the last two regular seasons, in which he led all Pirates minor league players with walks each year. So he is getting on base, just not getting past first base often.

Just like with Josh Bell’s lack of power recently, there is little reason to worry about Allie yet. The overall talent in Mexico this time of year is better than what Allie saw in AA. There is also the matter of 14 games being a small sample size. Unlike Bell, who went 200 plate appearances during the regular season without a homer, Allie was hitting them at a nice clip at the end of the year for Altoona.

The pitcher Allie faced yesterday is typical of the opposition he has seen this off-season. Tommy Solis is a 32-year-old that has been pitching in the Mexican Pacific League since 2002 and that league is AAA equivalent, the highest level of play in Mexico. The pitcher for Allie’s team was Jose Contreras, yes that Jose Contreras. On Sunday, Allie faced Alejandro Armenta, a 36-year-old lefty that began his baseball career back in 1997. Basically, these aren’t the type of pitchers that Allie was seeing in AA this year.

During the regular season, he had a stretch of 16 games and another one that lasted 14 games, in which he didn’t hit a home run(or hit much at all for that matter). The important thing is that he is keeping his approach at the plate the same. He is getting on base at a strong clip and the strikeout rate is about the same as he has during the regular season. That obviously isn’t a good strikeout rate, but it’s good to see that it isn’t getting worse. Allie is getting a taste of the type of competition he will see next year and perhaps a little bit of struggling isn’t a bad thing. It could confirm what he already knows, there is still a bit of work to do before he can be considered major league ready.

Back to the rest of the action from Tuesday night. Dean Anna went 1-for-4 with a run scored and two strikeouts. For the second straight game, he was hit by a pitch. Anna has reached base in all 15 starts this winter.

In the Dominican, Wirfin Obispo pitched for the second straight game and faced three batters. He allowed one unearned run on a single, double and he picked up a strikeout.

Rafael Perez made his fourth appearances and struck out the only batter he faced. He has allowed two runs over three innings, though he’s thrown shutout ball in three of his outings.

In Venezuela, Jhonathan Ramos made his fourth appearance and retired the side in order. He has thrown 3.1 shutout innings this winter season.

The winter leagues in Australia and Puerto Rico both start play tomorrow. We will have a complete list of Pirates players when they become available. As of right now, Sam Kennelly and Nick Hutchings will play in Australia and Yhonathan Barrios will play in Puerto Rico, but there should be at least a couple more.

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