Winter Leagues: Where is the Offense?
Nov29

Winter Leagues: Where is the Offense?

As you will see with the bigger names listed below, there isn’t much offense going on among Pittsburgh Pirates players in winter ball. It’s still early for some of them, but no one has impressed this year like Gregory Polanco did last season, or taken a leap forward like Elias Diaz did by holding his own against better competition than he faced during the regular season last year. Alen Hanson was hitting the ball well...

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Winter Leagues: Big Game From Tito Polo, Nate Baker Headed to Dominican
Nov28

Winter Leagues: Big Game From Tito Polo, Nate Baker Headed to Dominican

In Colombia on Wednesday night, Tito Polo had a huge hand in his team’s 8-7 victory. In the first inning, he walked and scored a run. In the second, Polo hit an RBI single. In the bottom of the eighth, he drove home two runs with a double. He finished off his big game with an outstanding catch in center field in the ninth inning, which got him a standing ovation from the home crowd. Polo started the winter season off by going...

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Winter Leagues: Joely Rodriguez Makes Debut, Stolmy Pimentel Throws Gem
Nov27

Winter Leagues: Joely Rodriguez Makes Debut, Stolmy Pimentel Throws Gem

Three days worth of winter ball below, as the first two days this week were slow. Action picked up Wednesday, as Stolmy Pimentel had his second straight strong outing and Joely Rodriguez made his winter debut. Monday’s Action In the only game in the Dominican on Monday, Gustavo Nunez went 2-for-5 with an RBI and three strikeouts. Two other players that spent time in the Pirates organization in 2014, also played in the same game....

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Winter Leagues: Sebastian Valle Reaches Base Five Times, Willy Garcia Continues Slump
Nov24

Winter Leagues: Sebastian Valle Reaches Base Five Times, Willy Garcia Continues Slump

Saturday night was a slow night for Pittsburgh Pirates news in winter ball, except for Venezuela. Elias Diaz went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a throwing error in his second game of winter ball. Diaz made his debut on Friday night, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Elvis Escobar pinch-ran in the eighth inning and stayed in the game as the DH. He went 0-for-1 with a run scored. He made his debut on Wednesday as a defensive...

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Winter Leagues: Elias Diaz Starts in Venezuela, Joely Rodriguez Will Play Winter Ball
Nov22

Winter Leagues: Elias Diaz Starts in Venezuela, Joely Rodriguez Will Play Winter Ball

In Venezuela tonight, Elias Diaz made his winter debut for Bravos de Margarita. He caught and had a tough night at the plate, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Diaz hit .260/.383/.380 in 50 at-bats in the Arizona Fall League this year. Matt Nevarez threw a scoreless inning, giving up one intentional walk and striking out two batters. In 18.1 innings, he has 19 strikeouts and he’s allowed just nine hits. Deolis Guerra pitched...

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Winter Leagues: Strong Performance From Stolmy Pimentel
Nov21

Winter Leagues: Strong Performance From Stolmy Pimentel

Coming into Thursday night, Stolmy Pimentel had made four starts and failed to go longer than two innings in three of those games. He had a .364 BAA in those four starts, with seven walks and just four strikeouts. Except for the strikeouts, he really turned things around in his fifth start. Pimentel allowed one run on three hits and a walk in five innings. He had nine ground ball outs as well, though he picked up just one strikeout....

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