Winter Leagues: A Couple Players See Time at Their Old Positions
Oct23

Winter Leagues: A Couple Players See Time at Their Old Positions

Wednesday night in winter ball was busy for Pittsburgh Pirates players. Ten of them saw action and we start with play in the Dominican. Alen Hanson went 0-for-4 with a walk. His team lost 4-1 in ten innings and Hanson split the game evenly between second base and shortstop, moving over after the fifth inning. Rafael Perez threw a shutout inning of relief, retiring the side in order. It was his second relief appearance. Willy Garcia...

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Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Homers During Team’s 5-3 Victory
Oct22

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Homers During Team’s 5-3 Victory

On Tuesday night in the Dominican, Alen Hanson batted lead-off and went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in the ninth inning and an RBI single earlier in the game. He reached base four times and scored four runs in his season debut on Saturday. Hanson was the designated hitter, after playing second base in his first game. In that same game, Mel Rojas Jr. also batted lead-off and played left field. He went 0-for-3 with a walk. He had hits in...

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Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Comes Up Big in Season Debut
Oct19

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Comes Up Big in Season Debut

On Saturday night in winter ball, eleven Pittsburgh Pirates players saw action between play in Venezuela, Mexico and the Dominican. In the Dominican, Alen Hanson made his season debut and it was a great one. He went 2-for-3, collecting two singles, two walks and he scored four runs. Hanson was at second base, where he expects to play all winter. Willy Garcia also made his debut, coming into the game as a pinch-runner in the sixth...

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Winter Leagues: Dominican League Opened Season on Thursday Night
Oct17

Winter Leagues: Dominican League Opened Season on Thursday Night

Two days worth of recaps as Wednesday was a slow night in winter ball and Thursday was the start of the Dominican Winter League. In Mexico on Wednesday night, Stetson Allie went 1-for-3 with an RBI double and a walk. The double was his second of the season and he has hits in each of his first five games. On the downside, Allie committed his second error and he struck out twice, giving him eight strikeouts in his first 18 at-bats. Dean...

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Baseball America’s EL Top 20 List Offers Some Big Surprises
Oct14

Baseball America’s EL Top 20 List Offers Some Big Surprises

Baseball America released their top 20 list for the Eastern League today and two three Pittsburgh Pirates players were on the list. Two surprises are on the list and they are the top Pirates, a pair you would not suspect. You can see the list here and the scouting reports are linked below. The two players on the list were catcher Elias Diaz in the tenth spot and outfielder Willy Garcia in the 17th spot. I wouldn’t call Diaz a...

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