Winter Leagues: Two Catchers Headed in Opposite Directions
Dec07

Winter Leagues: Two Catchers Headed in Opposite Directions

Not many Pittsburgh Pirates players saw action on Saturday night, but it is interesting to note the struggles of Tony Sanchez on both offense and defense during his first ten games of winter ball and compare that to how Sebastian Valle has performed since signing with the Pirates on November 20th. A small sample size won’t do much to change their status going into the regular season. Sanchez still seems like the third string...

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Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Could Return Soon
Dec06

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Could Return Soon

On Friday night in the Dominican, Tony Sanchez went 0-for-3 and allowed two stolen bases in two attempts. He is hitting .107 through 28 at-bats and he is 2-for-10 in throwing out base runners in nine games. Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. His average dropped down to .237 in 114 at-bats. Willy Garcia went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He is hitting .250/.290/.420 through 100 at-bats. Nate Baker made his second...

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Winter Leagues: Sebastian Valle Homers For Third Time in Four Games
Dec05

Winter Leagues: Sebastian Valle Homers For Third Time in Four Games

Not much going on in winter ball on Thursday, but one player is on a significant streak worth mentioning. In Venezuela, Elias Diaz went 1-for-2 with a walk in his team’s 4-1 loss. He is 3-for-16 through five games, with a .528 OPS. In the ninth inning, Junior Sosa pinch-hit for Diaz and struck out. Sosa is hitting .275/.362/.392 in 18 games. Deolis Guerra pitched one inning, allowing one run on a solo homer. He walked one and...

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Winter Leagues: Harold Ramirez Returns to Lineup, Sebastian Valle Homers
Dec04

Winter Leagues: Harold Ramirez Returns to Lineup, Sebastian Valle Homers

In Colombia on Tuesday night, Harold Ramirez returned to the lineup and scored two runs in his team’s 16-2 win. Ramirez played one game during the first week of the season nearly a month ago and was hit by a pitch in his only plate appearance. He missed time during the regular season with a hamstring injury and shin splints. One of the pitchers that got hit hard for the Leones team that gave up 16 runs in that game, was Oderman...

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Winter Leagues: Joely Rodriguez Outpitches Stolmy Pimentel
Dec03

Winter Leagues: Joely Rodriguez Outpitches Stolmy Pimentel

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced they signed Gorkys Hernandez and Deibinson Romero on Monday. Both players are taking part in winter ball, with Hernandez playing in Venezuela and Romero seeing time in the Dominican. Neither player is hitting well so far. Hernandez plays for Caribes de Anzoategui and he is hitting .242/.326/.282 in 36 games. Romero is on Leones del Escogido, where he is hitting .222/.243/.278 in 14 games. Fangraphs...

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Winter Leagues: Grand Slam From Sebastian Valle, Willy Garcia Homers
Dec01

Winter Leagues: Grand Slam From Sebastian Valle, Willy Garcia Homers

In the Dominican on Saturday night, Willy Garcia went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, dropping his average down to .236 through 26 games. He did have two highlights in the game. He drew his first walk in over three weeks and he picked up his second straight outfield assist in a big spot. Garcia threw out Gustavo Nunez at second base in the sixth inning with his team up 2-0. Garcia had just switched from center to left field that inning. He...

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