Winter Leagues Recap: DWL vs VWL All-Star Game

Last night, the All-Stars from the Dominican Winter League and the Venezuelan League squared off against each other, with the Dominican team securing an 8-2 victory. The Pirates organization was represented by one player on each side, infielder Alex Valdez for the Dominican team and pitcher Ryan Reid for Venezuela. Valdez came in during the bottom of the fourth as a defensive replacement at first base. He later switched to shortstop...

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Winter Leagues Update: Howard Wins Player of the Week

Justin Howard has been named the Player of the Week by the Australian Baseball League for his performance during his team’s four-game sweep last week against Melbourne. Howard went 9-for-14, with three walks, six runs scored and four RBI’s. He finished the week with two three-hit games. Howard started the year off very slow, but has pushed his totals to respectable levels, now owning a .274/.410/.419 line over 18 games....

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Winter Leagues Recap: Notes on Starling Marte

Starling Marte’s Winter League season is likely over. The Pirates had mentioned recently that they would shut him down so he gets rest before Spring Training. He didn’t play in last night’s game and with the Dominican Winter League now taking off the next two days for their All-Star game, Marte will be in Altoona by Wednesday night as part of the Pirates Winter Caravan tour. Marte went 0-for-8 during his last two...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Five More Shutout Innings For Johnson

In Australian League action from today, Adelaide won a 10-9 slugfest. Both Justin Howard and Stefan Welch were in the starting lineup for the Bite. Howard continued his current hot streak, going 3-for-4, with two runs scored and his sixth double. In his last five games, Howard has gone 11-for-18 at the plate. Welch went 1-for-5, with two strikeouts. Rinku Singh had his first rough outing of the ABL season. After not allowing a run in...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Howard On A Hot Streak

In Winter League action from today in Australia, Adelaide swept a doubleheader from Melbourne, winning 5-3 in the opener, before cruising to an 18-1 win in the second game. Justin Howard was the only Pirates player to start both games, although Dylan Child started game one, then came of the bench in the night cap and had a big game. In the opener, Howard went 1-for-3, with a single. With that hit, he raised his average over the .200...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Fuesser Strikes Out Seven

In Australian Baseball League action from today, Zac Fuesser struck out seven batters over five innings of work. He gave up four runs, two were earned, getting no decision in the 10-4 Adelaide victory. Fuesser threw 100 pitches, 61 for strikes. He gave up five hits, two walks and two homers. Fuesser was named to the ABL World All-Star team last week. He has a 2-1, 3.91 record, with 22 strikeouts in 25.1 innings. Rinku Singh followed...

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