Winter Leagues: Gregory Polanco Will Play Winter Ball This Year
Nov02

Winter Leagues: Gregory Polanco Will Play Winter Ball This Year

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...

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Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Goes Four Innings in Second Start
Nov01

Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Goes Four Innings in Second Start

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...

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Winter Leagues: Two More Leagues Start With a Handful of Pirates on the Rosters
Oct31

Winter Leagues: Two More Leagues Start With a Handful of Pirates on the Rosters

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...

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Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Isn’t Hitting Homers, But Keeps Getting On Base
Oct29

Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Isn’t Hitting Homers, But Keeps Getting On Base

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...

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Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Leaves Game With Hand Injury
Oct26

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Leaves Game With Hand Injury

In the Dominican on Sunday night, Alen Hanson singled in his first at-bat, then was hit by a pitch from Daniel Cabrera during his second plate appearance. The pitch hit Hanson on the hand and he immediately left the game. The early word on the injury was a swollen right hand, but no word on the severity of his injury or how much time he could miss. Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-5 with an RBI. His average dropped to .233 through 30 at-bats....

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Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Makes His Winter Debut
Oct26

Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Makes His Winter Debut

In the Dominican Saturday night, Stolmy Pimentel made his winter league debut as the starting pitching for Estrellas de Oriente. He went three innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, with four strikeouts. Willy Garcia was in the opposing lineup against Pimentel. He walked in the only meeting between the two Pirates in the game. Garcia finished 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and a walk. Mel Rojas Jr. was back in...

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