Winter Leagues: Finals Begin in Dominican League Without Some Top Pirates Prospects
Jan18

Winter Leagues: Finals Begin in Dominican League Without Some Top Pirates Prospects

Action is beginning to slow down in winter leagues for Pittsburgh Pirates players, so the articles will be spread out a little more. The action on the field in winter ball is heating up though, as we are nearing the Caribbean Series, where the best teams from Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Dominican will face-off for the title. The teams are also being set for the Latin American Series, which will have the best teams from the...

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Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Homers, Takes Hit Away From Alen Hanson
Jan16

Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Homers, Takes Hit Away From Alen Hanson

In the Dominican League playoffs on Wednesday, Alen Hanson went 2-for-5 with a run scored, but his team was still eliminated from the finals. Hanson reached base seven times during a three-game stretch. Willy Garcia went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. There are better results for him below, as he broke his playoff slump on Thursday. Gustavo Nunez went 2-for-3 with two singles and a sacrifice bunt. Rafael Perez gave up one run over five...

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Winter Leagues: Andy Vasquez Homers in Three Straight Games, Rojas and Garcia Return to Action
Jan14

Winter Leagues: Andy Vasquez Homers in Three Straight Games, Rojas and Garcia Return to Action

It was a slow Monday night in winter ball, although we do have some late news from Sunday night that didn’t get into Monday’s article. In Colombia, Andy Vasquez homered and drove in five runs in his team’s win. In the first two games, he is 4-for-9 with two homers and eight RBIs. His team took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. (see a late update for game three below) In Venezuela on Monday, Wilfredo Boscan...

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Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Reaches Base Three Times as His Team Nears Elimination
Jan12

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Reaches Base Three Times as His Team Nears Elimination

In the Dominican playoffs on Sunday night, Alen Hanson went 2-for-4 with a walk, run scored and two stolen bases. His team still lost and is now of the verge of being eliminated in the round robin tournament. With five games left and only two teams advancing, the Toros are 4-9, trailing the Gigantes(10-3), Estrellas(7-6) and the Aguilas(5-8). Hanson is now 10-for-45(.222) in the playoffs. Gustavo Nunez went 1-for-3 with a walk, run...

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Winter Leagues: Grand Slam From Gorkys Hernandez, Playoffs Begin in Colombia
Jan11

Winter Leagues: Grand Slam From Gorkys Hernandez, Playoffs Begin in Colombia

In Venezuela on Saturday night, Gorkys Hernandez had just one hit in five trips to the plate and he made his first error of the playoffs, but he made that one hit count. In the fifth inning, Hernandez cleared the bases with a grand slam over the left field wall, helping Caribes de Anzoategui to a 12-7 victory. His team has the best record(5-3) so far in the round robin tournament. Hernandez is hitting .222 in eight playoff games and...

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