Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Reaches Base Three Times Again
Oct25

Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Reaches Base Three Times Again

In the Dominican on Friday night, Alen Hanson went 0-for-3 before being pinch-hit for late in a one-sided game. He was at second base again after splitting the previous game between shortstop and second. Rafael Perez pitched against Hanson’s team and the first batter he faced was the pinch-hitter for Hanson. He got a fly ball for the final out of the seventh inning. In the eighth, he gave up two solo homers while recording just...

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Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Extends On-Base Streak to 11 Games
Oct24

Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Extends On-Base Streak to 11 Games

In Mexico on Thursday night, Stetson Allie went 1-for-3 with two walks, extending his on-base streak to 11 games. That is a streak that started on Opening Day. He is hitting .302 so far, while also drawing seven walks. On the downside, Allie has also struck out 14 times, which is the third highest total in the league. In 43 at-bats, he has a .784 OPS, which ranks him 23rd among all qualified hitters. In that same game, Dean Anna had...

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Winter Leagues: A Couple Players See Time at Their Old Positions
Oct23

Winter Leagues: A Couple Players See Time at Their Old Positions

Wednesday night in winter ball was busy for Pittsburgh Pirates players. Ten of them saw action and we start with play in the Dominican. Alen Hanson went 0-for-4 with a walk. His team lost 4-1 in ten innings and Hanson split the game evenly between second base and shortstop, moving over after the fifth inning. Rafael Perez threw a shutout inning of relief, retiring the side in order. It was his second relief appearance. Willy Garcia...

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Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Homers During Team’s 5-3 Victory
Oct22

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Homers During Team’s 5-3 Victory

On Tuesday night in the Dominican, Alen Hanson batted lead-off and went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in the ninth inning and an RBI single earlier in the game. He reached base four times and scored four runs in his season debut on Saturday. Hanson was the designated hitter, after playing second base in his first game. In that same game, Mel Rojas Jr. also batted lead-off and played left field. He went 0-for-3 with a walk. He had hits in...

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Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Picks Up Two Hits in First Start
Oct20

Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Picks Up Two Hits in First Start

Both Sunday and Monday were quiet days in the winter leagues, with just two games played Monday and Sunday had a game postponed, plus two teams with Pirates players were scheduled off. On to the little bit of action to cover and we start with a missed at-bat from Saturday in the Dominican. Andy Vasquez struck out as a pinch-hitter late in the game for Toros del Este. It was his first game of the season. On Sunday night, Mel Rojas Jr....

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Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Comes Up Big in Season Debut
Oct19

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Comes Up Big in Season Debut

On Saturday night in winter ball, eleven Pittsburgh Pirates players saw action between play in Venezuela, Mexico and the Dominican. In the Dominican, Alen Hanson made his season debut and it was a great one. He went 2-for-3, collecting two singles, two walks and he scored four runs. Hanson was at second base, where he expects to play all winter. Willy Garcia also made his debut, coming into the game as a pinch-runner in the sixth...

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