Winter Leagues Update: Australian League Back in Action

After going through an 11 day layoff, the Australian Baseball League resumed their schedule today with Adelaide taking a 6-2 loss. Two Pittsburgh Pirates farmhands were in the starting lineup. Stefan Welch started at 3B and batted fifth, while Justin Howard hit seventh and played left field. Welch went 0-for-2 with a walk and HBP. Howard went 0-for-3 with a walk. He is now hitting .115 in 26 AB’s. Rinku Singh came on during the...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Hanson Gets a Start

In Winter League action last night in the Dominican League, Alen Hanson got his first start of the off-season and played his first game since November 2nd. Hanson went 0-for-3, with a walk and a run scored. He has yet to pick up a hit in five AB’s. In that same game, Starling Marte went 2-for-4, with two singles, two runs scored, a walk and three stolen bases. He now has a .333/.415/.509 line in 15 games, with six steals in six...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Ford Likely Done

In Winter League action yesterday, Darren Ford likely played his last game of the off-season. If he did, he went out in a big way. Ford hit a fourth inning grand slam during Leones del Caracas 7-5 win. According to El Universal(link is in Spanish), the original plan for Ford was to take two weeks off, then return to the team in mid-December. He states in the article that he wants to spend time with family and doesn’t have a set...

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Winter Leagues Recap: 11/19 Roster Updates

In a second consecutive light day of Winter League action for Pittsburgh Pirates players, Darren Ford went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, an RBI and his first triple. He also picked up an outfield assist. The center fielder has a .283/.355/.362 line in 127 AB’s. During the regular season, he played just 70 games for Tacoma of the PCL, missing the first two months of the season with a broken finger. Benji Gonzalez was used as a...

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Report: Pirates Won’t Allow Jose Tabata to Play Winter Ball

The other day in the Winter League recap from Tuesday, I mentioned that Jose Tabata was on the roster of Caribes de Anzoategui of the Venezuelan League. It was mentioned earlier in the off-season that Tabata most likely will not play, though nothing was definite at the time. Today I came across an article¬†(link is in Spanish) that confirms the Pirates will not allow Jose Tabata to play Winter Ball this year. Tabata’s...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Two Hits for Marte

In Winter League action yesterday, Starling Marte went 2-for-4, with two singles and a stolen base. He has a .321/.400/.509 line through 14 games and has been successful on all three stolen base attempts. In other action in the Dominican, Anderson Hernandez went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He has a .256/.333/.366 line in 23 games. Andy Vasquez made a rare appearance yesterday playing in just his sixth game, all off the bench. He...

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