• 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 AFL Season Recap

    The Pittsburgh Pirates sent seven players to the Arizona Fall League this year -- three position players and four pitchers. Kyle Kaminska emerged as the star of the group among pitchers, while Adalberto Santos was the best among the hitters. There were no top prospects among the group this year, after the...

  • Winter Leagues Recap: Marte Returns to Lineup

    In Winter League action yesterday, Starling Marte returned to the lineup after leaving Tuesday's game early. He went 1-for-5, with a single and three strikeouts. Marte has a .306/.393/.510 line, with seven walks and 14 strikeouts in 49 AB's. It was a slow day for Pirates players in Winter Ball, just one...

  • AFL Recap: Season Finale

    In Arizona Fall League action today, Scottsdale lost 3-2 against Peoria. The only Pirates player in the starting lineup today was Gift Ngoepe. He batted ninth and played shortstop. Ngoepe went 1-for-3 with a double, walk, stolen base and a strikeout. He came to the plate in the top of the ninth...

  • Winter Leagues Recap: Polanco Gets the Start

    In Dominican League action yesterday, Gregory Polanco got the start in center field, batting seventh for Leones del Escogido. He went 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout, while also being thrown out at second on a stolen base attempt. He has a .222/.222/.296 line in 27 AB's, with no walks and...

  • AFL Recap: Waldron Throwing Strikes

    In Arizona Fall League action tonight, Scottsdale won 8-2 over Mesa. Despite the win, Scottsdale was already eliminated from the playoff race earlier in the day when first place Salt River won their game. Adalberto Santos was the only Pirates player in the starting lineup tonight. He batted sixth and played second...

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