Winter Leagues Update: Kennelly In ABL Finals

In playoff action from today, the Perth Heat swept a doubleheader, advancing to the Australian Baseball League Finals, which will be held next weekend. Pirates prospect Sam Kennelly, will try to help his team to an ABL title, as they face off against the Canberra Calvary in a best-of-three series starting next Friday. The games will be shown(slightly taped delayed) on the MLB Network, possibly giving Pirates fans a first chance to get...

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Starling Marte Boosted His Stock in Winter Ball

Ben Badler of Baseball America has a list of ten players who boosted their stock in Winter Ball this year. Coming in at number eight on the list was Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte. Marte hit for a .304/.381/.464 line in 112 at-bats in the Dominican Winter League, then hit for a .422/.481/.756 line with four homers in the postseason. Badler noted that Marte has the speed and arm strength to play center field, but...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Australian League Season Wrap-Up

In action from the last day of the Australian Baseball League’s regular season today, Stefan Welch went 1-for-3, with a double, two walks and two RBI’s. Adelaide lost their third straight game to close the season. They came into the weekend needing to sweep the four game series just to give themselves a chance at the last playoff spot. For the Perth Heat, who made the playoffs with their win today, Sam Kennelly flew out to...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Australian League News and Notes

In Australian League Baseball action from today, Stefan Welch went 1-for-3, with a walk, as Adelaide took a one-sided 12-2 loss. The defeat came just one day after they were eliminated from playoffs. On Friday night, Adelaide lost 8-7 to Canberra. In that contest, Welch went 1-for-4, with a run scored. Also from today’s Adelaide game, Nick Hutchings came in to relieve during the seventh inning and ended up pitching 1.2 innings....

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Winter Leagues Recap: Two Homers For Welch

In Australian Baseball League action from today, Stefan Welch belted two home runs, leading Adelaide to a 4-3 victory during the last week of the ABL regular season. Welch homered to lead off the bottom of the second inning, giving Adelaide an early 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the eighth inning, he came up with the score tied 2-2 and Quincy Latimore on first base. Welch hit the second pitch for a two-run homer, giving his team a lead...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Johnson Brings Home Title, Marte Wins MVP

In playoff action from the Dominican tonight, Kris Johnson once again pitched his team to a huge victory, throwing six shutout innings last night, as Escogido swept Aguilas Cibaenas in the DWL championship series. Last week, Johnson pitched the clinching game of the round-robin series that got his team to the finals and almost four weeks ago, he also won the game that sent his team to the playoffs. Tonight, he allowed four hits on the...

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