Winter Leagues Update: Australian League Back in Action

After going through an 11 day layoff, the Australian Baseball League resumed their schedule today with Adelaide taking a 6-2 loss. Two Pittsburgh Pirates farmhands were in the starting lineup. Stefan Welch started at 3B and batted fifth, while Justin Howard hit seventh and played left field. Welch went 0-for-2 with a walk and HBP. Howard went 0-for-3 with a walk. He is now hitting .115 in 26 AB’s. Rinku Singh came on during the...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Ford Likely Done

In Winter League action yesterday, Darren Ford likely played his last game of the off-season. If he did, he went out in a big way. Ford hit a fourth inning grand slam during Leones del Caracas 7-5 win. According to El Universal(link is in Spanish), the original plan for Ford was to take two weeks off, then return to the team in mid-December. He states in the article that he wants to spend time with family and doesn’t have a set...

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Winter Leagues Recap: 11/19 Roster Updates

In a second consecutive light day of Winter League action for Pittsburgh Pirates players, Darren Ford went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, an RBI and his first triple. He also picked up an outfield assist. The center fielder has a .283/.355/.362 line in 127 AB’s. During the regular season, he played just 70 games for Tacoma of the PCL, missing the first two months of the season with a broken finger. Benji Gonzalez was used as a...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Two Hits for Marte

In Winter League action yesterday, Starling Marte went 2-for-4, with two singles and a stolen base. He has a .321/.400/.509 line through 14 games and has been successful on all three stolen base attempts. In other action in the Dominican, Anderson Hernandez went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He has a .256/.333/.366 line in 23 games. Andy Vasquez made a rare appearance yesterday playing in just his sixth game, all off the bench. He...

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Pirates Announce Seven Minor League Signings

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the signing of seven minor league free agents through a team press release. Four of the signings we already knew about, as the official announcement was made on Darren Ford, Jared Goedert, Anderson Hernandez, and Stefan Welch. The Pirates also signed right-handed pitcher Ryan Reid, and re-signed infielder Jeff Larish and left-handed pitcher Kris Johnson. Ford, Goedert, Hernandez, Reid, and Johnson...

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