Alen Hanson, Gregory Polanco Taken in First Round of Dominican League Draft

The Dominican Winter League is currently holding a draft for the rights to the top international prospects in baseball for the 2012 season.  A total of 100 players will be drafted to the reserve teams for the 2012 season. The draft started at 4 PM, and at the time of this writing 90 players have been selected. With the second pick in the draft, Toros Del Este selected Pittsburgh Pirates infield prospect Alen Hanson. Hanson was taken...

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Winter League Final Wrap: Perth Repeats In Australia

The Perth Heat have won the Australian Baseball League’s Claxton Shield for the second time, taking the best-of-three series with the Melbourne Aces. The Heat beat the Aces in Game 1, by a 4-1 score, and the hero of that game was former Pirate Virgil Vasquez.  Vasquez was a late addition to the Heat, appearing in only two regular-season games for them in January.  He began the championship series by throwing a complete game for...

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Winter Leagues 2/7 — Dominicans Take Caribbean Series Championship

Despite losing their last series game to Puerto Rico by a score of 3-1, the Dominican Republic (Los Leones del Escogido) has won the Caribbean Series.  This is their lucky 13th series championship in the past 22 years, more than any other team in the competition.  The Dominicans finished the round-robin championship series with a 4-2 record. In tonight’s game, the first three Dominican batters in the game did all the damage. ...

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Caribbean And Australian Series Wraps 2/6

We’re counting down to the opening of spring camps, but a few Pirates’ players and friends have been busy in the Caribbean Series.  This has started as a round robin style tournament, with each team playing two games against each other team. The Dominican Republic team won their first four games, beating Mexico twice, and both Venezuela and Puerto Rico once.  But tonight, the Dominicans (Los Leones del Escogido) were...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/30 — Escogido Wins Dominican Championship

The Dominican League is the last to wrap up their Championship series.  They and the winners from the other three Caribbean leagues will begin the Caribbean Series on Feb 2nd.  The Dominican Republic is the host team for 2012.   Leones del Escogido  6,  Aguilas Cibaenas  5 A hard-fought game, going down to the wire, just like the series.  Los Aguilas took the lead with a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning.  They scored one run in the...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/29 — Gimenez Leads Aragua To Caribbean Series

The Winter Leagues continue to wrap things up….   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tigres de Aragua  3,  Tiburones de La Guaira  1 1B Hector Gimenez had another big day, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, to lead Los Tigres to the win.  That gives them the win of the championship series, and takes them to the Caribbean Series, which begins on Feb 2nd.  Los Tigres scored in just one inning, the 3rd, when  RF Jorge Cortes led off with...

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