Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Returns Again, Sebastian Valle Continues to Hit
Dec29

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Returns Again, Sebastian Valle Continues to Hit

In the Dominican on Sunday night, Alen Hanson went 2-for-4 with two singles and a strikeout. He didn’t play in the playoff opener. Hanson played second base on Sunday and made a throwing error. He played just seven regular season games, missing significant time with a hand injury, and just recently he missed a week with a stomach virus. Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-2 with a single and he was hit by a pitch. Rojas played left field...

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Winter Leagues: Playoffs Start in the Dominican, Gorkys Hernandez Returns to Action
Dec28

Winter Leagues: Playoffs Start in the Dominican, Gorkys Hernandez Returns to Action

The Dominican League playoffs began on Saturday night and three Pittsburgh Pirates players saw action. Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and an outfield assist. His team didn’t make the playoffs, but Rojas was one of a handful of players that were drafted by the teams that did make it into the round robin tournament. Willy Garcia struck out as a pinch-hitter in his only at-bat. He finished the regular season with...

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Winter Leagues: Sebastian Valle Returns From Injury, Harold Ramirez Struggles in Colombia
Dec27

Winter Leagues: Sebastian Valle Returns From Injury, Harold Ramirez Struggles in Colombia

On Christmas night, Sebastian Valle returned from a finger injury suffered on December 14th and went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. On Friday night, Valle went 0-for-4 at the plate, but did throw out both runners that attempted to steal. Through 41 games, he is hitting .299/.371/.470, with five doubles and five homers. While he falls short of having enough plate appearances to qualify for league leaders, his .841 OPS falls...

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Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Gets Drafted For Playoffs, Treanor Picks Up Award
Dec24

Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Gets Drafted For Playoffs, Treanor Picks Up Award

The Dominican League wrapped up play on Sunday, so action in winter ball was very light on Monday, but there was some news related to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Dean Treanor was named the Manager of the Year for guiding Estrellas de Oriente to a 32-18 record and first place in the league. It is his third time winning the award. Treanor has managed the Pirates AAA club in Indianapolis the last four years. On the field on Monday in...

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Winter Leagues: Playoff Teams Are Set in the Dominican
Dec22

Winter Leagues: Playoff Teams Are Set in the Dominican

The regular season in the Dominican Republic wrapped up on Sunday. The league is now off until Saturday(12/27), when the top four teams will compete in the round robin tournament, which consists of 18 games for each team. The two best from the round robin tournament go on to a championship series and the winner of that series will head to the Caribbean Series, where they will meet the best teams from the winter leagues in Mexico,...

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Winter Leagues: Four Hits From Edwin Espinal, Rojas and Diaz Reach Base Three Times
Dec21

Winter Leagues: Four Hits From Edwin Espinal, Rojas and Diaz Reach Base Three Times

On Saturday night in the Dominican, Edwin Espinal had a huge game. Two days earlier, the 20-year-old first baseman started for the first time this winter and collected three hits. He did himself one better in his second start, collecting four hits, scoring twice and he drove in a run. Espinal is 7-for-14 in five games. What he has done the last two starts is fairly impressive considering his age and the fact he spent the season in...

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