Winter Leagues: Walk-Off Hit For Gustavo Nunez, Julio Vivas Shutdown…Possibly
Jan08

Winter Leagues: Walk-Off Hit For Gustavo Nunez, Julio Vivas Shutdown…Possibly

On a slow Tuesday in winter ball, Sebastian Valle went 1-for-4 with a double in his team’s 6-2 loss. He has just three hits in 17 playoff at-bats, although those hits are two doubles and a homer. In Venezuela, Gorkys Hernandez went 0-for-4 with two walks and two strikeouts. He stole his first base of the playoffs. In Panama, Edgar Munoz went 0-for-2 with a walk and run scored. We had a write-up on Munoz in Tuesday’s Winter...

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First Pitch: Three Reasons Why the Pirates Don’t Need to Extend Neil Walker Right Now
Jan07

First Pitch: Three Reasons Why the Pirates Don’t Need to Extend Neil Walker Right Now

A Pittsburgh Pirates off-season wouldn’t be complete without rumors that the Pirates were interested in extending Neil Walker. The rumors have already come up this off-season, but I’d b surprised if they actually took place at this point. I also feel there’s little need to extend Walker now. I write about this every time the Walker extension talk comes up. He’s got two years of control remaining, the Pirates...

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Winter Leagues: Gustavo Nunez Reaches Base Four Times, Back-to-Back Multi-Hit Games For Edgar Munoz
Jan06

Winter Leagues: Gustavo Nunez Reaches Base Four Times, Back-to-Back Multi-Hit Games For Edgar Munoz

In the Dominican on Monday night, Alen Hanson went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a strikeout. He played second base and handled all five plays in the field cleanly, including two double plays. He’s made one error in the playoffs. If you missed it from yesterday, Hanson received permission from the Pirates to remain in the Dominican until at least the end of the round robin tournament. In six playoff games, he is 6-for-24 with a...

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Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Gets Permission to Continue Playing, Sebastian Valle Homers
Jan05

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Gets Permission to Continue Playing, Sebastian Valle Homers

In playoff action in the Dominican on Sunday, Alen Hanson went 1-for-4 with a walk in his team’s 7-1 win. He drove in a run in the second inning on a ground out, then brought home another run in the eighth on a single. Toros del Este announced prior to the game that they received permission from the Pittsburgh Pirates to keep Alen Hanson on their roster. He was originally scheduled to attend Rookie Orientation in Washington DC...

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Winter Leagues: Gorkys Hernandez Helps Team to Win in Playoff Opener
Jan04

Winter Leagues: Gorkys Hernandez Helps Team to Win in Playoff Opener

In playoff action in the Dominican on Saturday night, Alen Hanson went 0-for-4 in his team’s 1-0 win. He played second base and had just two plays in the field, both of which he handled cleanly. Hanson is 4-for-16 in four playoff games. On the other side of the field, Gustavo Nunez went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt. In the other playoff game in the Dominican, Josh Wall faced two batters and struck them both out. He is still a...

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