Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Comes Up Big During Ninth Inning Rally
Jan03

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Comes Up Big During Ninth Inning Rally

After everyone was off on New Year’s eve, action picked back up slowly on Thursday with the first day of playoffs in Mexico. While the Venados de Mazatlan roster has five Pirates players listed, it looks like Felipe Gonzalez is the only one that is still active and with the team. On Thursday, he struck out the only batter he faced in his team’s 4-1 loss. Sebastian Valle went 1-for-3 with a double, as his team also lost on...

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Winter Leagues: Sebastian Valle Hits a Grand Slam in Season Finale
Dec30

Winter Leagues: Sebastian Valle Hits a Grand Slam in Season Finale

In Mexico on Monday night, Sebastian Valle hit a first inning grand slam that helped his team to an 8-3 victory. The homer was his sixth of the winter, the most among Pittsburgh Pirates players. This was the last game of the regular season in Mexico. Valle finished with a .313/.378/.516 slash line in 44 games. The playoffs begin on Thursday. After not playing for 22 days, Felipe Gonzalez pitched for the third straight day. He struck...

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Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Returns Again, Sebastian Valle Continues to Hit
Dec29

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Returns Again, Sebastian Valle Continues to Hit

In the Dominican on Sunday night, Alen Hanson went 2-for-4 with two singles and a strikeout. He didn’t play in the playoff opener. Hanson played second base on Sunday and made a throwing error. He played just seven regular season games, missing significant time with a hand injury, and just recently he missed a week with a stomach virus. Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-2 with a single and he was hit by a pitch. Rojas played left field...

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Winter Leagues: Playoff Teams Are Set in the Dominican
Dec22

Winter Leagues: Playoff Teams Are Set in the Dominican

The regular season in the Dominican Republic wrapped up on Sunday. The league is now off until Saturday(12/27), when the top four teams will compete in the round robin tournament, which consists of 18 games for each team. The two best from the round robin tournament go on to a championship series and the winner of that series will head to the Caribbean Series, where they will meet the best teams from the winter leagues in Mexico,...

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Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Makes a Brief Return to the Lineup, Valle Leaves With Hand Injury
Dec15

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Makes a Brief Return to the Lineup, Valle Leaves With Hand Injury

On Sunday night in the Dominican, Alen Hanson returned after missing seven weeks due to a right hand injury suffered when he was hit by a pitch. His return to the lineup didn’t last long though. After playing second base in the first inning(handling one grounder) and then grounding out to third base in the bottom of the inning, Hanson was replaced on defense to start the second. I was told during the game that he was under the...

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