Winter Leagues Recap: Updates on Newest Pirates

With the trade between the Red Sox and Pirates completed, it adds two more names to the Winter League mix. Both Ivan DeJesus and Stolmy Pimentel came over to the Pirates yesterday from the Red Sox as part of the return for Joel Hanrahan and Brock Holt. They have also both played Winter ball this year, although it looks like Pimentel is done for the season. Ivan DeJesus played last night and his first game while as a member of the...

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Winter Leagues Recap: News and Notes

In an abbreviated schedule from last night, Darren Ford made his return to Winter ball in Venezuela. He left Leones de Caracas after the team’s game on November 19th to return home to spend time with family and his return to the VWL wasn’t certain at the time. Ford went 1-for-4 last night, with a walk and run scored. Through 32 games, he has a .281/.358/.378 line. Ryan Reid pitched a scoreless inning last night, allowing a...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Johnson Pitches Team to Playoffs

In Australian League action from today, Adelaide defeated Perth by a 5-4 score. Stefan Welch was in the starting lineup for Adelaide, while Sam Kennelly came off the bench for Perth. Welch went 1-for-3, with a walk. He went 2-for-13 in the four game series, with a solo homer in game one. Kennelly, who was playing his second game of the series, came in on defense in the bottom of the sixth. He had been starting at third base in...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Hernandez Finishes as DWL Hits Leader

In Australian League action from today, the Adelaide Bite and Perth Heat split a doubleheader. In game one, Adelaide won 5-3, with Stefan Welch being the only Pirates playing in action. He went 1-for-3, with his third home run and he scored two runs. In game two, Perth won big, downing the Bite by a 10-2 score. Sam Kennelly made the start at second base for Perth and went 2-for-5, with two singles, two runs scored and an RBI. His...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Fuesser Strong In Loss

In Australian League action from today, Zac Fuesser continued his strong ABL season, with no earned runs over six innings of work. He was matched on the mound by former Pittsburgh Pirate Virgil Vasquez, who was equally impressive, going seven innings without an earned run. Both pitchers allowed one unearned run, with Fuesser’s coming during a rough first inning. He allowed three base hits, all coming with one out, but none of...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Reid Strikes Out Five

In Venezuelan League action from last night, Ryan Reid picked up his eighth save in dramatic fashion, He came on in the eighth inning with a 4-3 lead, a man on second base and one out. Reid struck out the next two batters to retire the side, then after his team went down in order in the top of the ninth, Reid came back out to try to close out the game. He struck out the first two batters of the inning, before running into trouble. He...

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