Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Makes Winter League Debut
Oct12

Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Makes Winter League Debut

There wasn’t much going on Friday night in winter ball, but there was plenty of action on Saturday, so we recap the last two days below. On Thursday night, we posted the season preview for the Venezuelan League, along with a recap of Opening Day. The Mexican League started with one game Friday night, though no Pirates players were involved in the game. All but one Pirates player in the league is on the Venados de Mazatlan club,...

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Winter Leagues: Opening Night in Venezuelan League
Oct09

Winter Leagues: Opening Night in Venezuelan League

The Venezuelan Winter League  began play on Thursday night(recap below), kicking off our coverage that usually runs into the first week or so of February. Just a reminder that any player in the Pirates system at the end of 2014 will be covered, including free agents. Once a player signs with a different organization or gets released, we will drop them from the coverage. Also, just because a player is on a roster, it doesn’t mean...

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The Complete Pirates Fall Instructional League Roster, Including DSL Players
Sep22

The Complete Pirates Fall Instructional League Roster, Including DSL Players

Last week I posted the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Fall Instructional League roster for their upper level team, along with an explanation of what goes on during instructs. Over the weekend I received the roster for the second team, which also features a lot of players who are making the jump from the DSL. The roster can be seen below, with notes on the DSL players to follow. The DSL players are significant here, as that usually...

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Tony Sanchez to Play in Dominican League This Winter
Sep19

Tony Sanchez to Play in Dominican League This Winter

Tony Sanchez has signed a contract to play in the Dominican League this upcoming winter. Sanchez will strictly be catching, stating that he “won’t even be taking his first base glove down there.” He is excited to play against the good competition the league has to offer. “I’ll spend a month in the Dominican, and I’ll be facing some good arms. Hopefully that will put me in the right spot coming into Spring Training,” Sanchez said....

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Four Pirates Taken in the Dominican Winter League Draft
Sep11

Four Pirates Taken in the Dominican Winter League Draft

The Dominican Winter League held it’s annual draft today and four Pittsburgh Pirates minor league players were taken among the 146 picks. The DWL draft allows teams to reserve players that usually aren’t quite ready for the league yet, so it’s basically players in the low levels of the minors. An example of that was two years ago when Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson and Willy Garcia were all taken within the first 12...

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Allie and Heredia Headline Mexican Winter League Roster Loaded With Pirates
Sep07

Allie and Heredia Headline Mexican Winter League Roster Loaded With Pirates

The Mazatlan Deer(Venados de Mazatlan) of the Mexican Pacific League released their 2014-15 winter league roster and it is loaded with Pittsburgh Pirates players, including two big prospects. First baseman Stetson Allie and RHP Luis Heredia headline the roster that has eight Pirates players and many players that were once in the Pirates system. Allie could share first base duties with another Pirates player, Carlos Munoz, who was...

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