Winter Leagues: Where is the Offense?
Nov29

Winter Leagues: Where is the Offense?

As you will see with the bigger names listed below, there isn’t much offense going on among Pittsburgh Pirates players in winter ball. It’s still early for some of them, but no one has impressed this year like Gregory Polanco did last season, or taken a leap forward like Elias Diaz did by holding his own against better competition than he faced during the regular season last year. Alen Hanson was hitting the ball well...

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Winter Leagues: Joely Rodriguez Makes Debut, Stolmy Pimentel Throws Gem
Nov27

Winter Leagues: Joely Rodriguez Makes Debut, Stolmy Pimentel Throws Gem

Three days worth of winter ball below, as the first two days this week were slow. Action picked up Wednesday, as Stolmy Pimentel had his second straight strong outing and Joely Rodriguez made his winter debut. Monday’s Action In the only game in the Dominican on Monday, Gustavo Nunez went 2-for-5 with an RBI and three strikeouts. Two other players that spent time in the Pirates organization in 2014, also played in the same game....

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Winter Leagues: Elias Diaz Starts in Venezuela, Joely Rodriguez Will Play Winter Ball
Nov22

Winter Leagues: Elias Diaz Starts in Venezuela, Joely Rodriguez Will Play Winter Ball

In Venezuela tonight, Elias Diaz made his winter debut for Bravos de Margarita. He caught and had a tough night at the plate, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Diaz hit .260/.383/.380 in 50 at-bats in the Arizona Fall League this year. Matt Nevarez threw a scoreless inning, giving up one intentional walk and striking out two batters. In 18.1 innings, he has 19 strikeouts and he’s allowed just nine hits. Deolis Guerra pitched...

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Winter Leagues: Two Pirates Players Make Their Winter Debut
Nov20

Winter Leagues: Two Pirates Players Make Their Winter Debut

In the Dominican on Wednesday night, Tony Sanchez caught his second game. He went 0-for-3 at the plate. In his debut on Tuesday, he drew two walks and threw out a runner attempting to steal. Gustavo Nunez played his first game since signing with the Pirates. He went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts, though he drove in his 14th run. He is hitting .267 through 23 games, with nine doubles and two homers. Edwin Espinal made his winter ball...

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Winter Leagues: Mark Melancon Closes Out Win in Japan
Nov17

Winter Leagues: Mark Melancon Closes Out Win in Japan

In Japan on Sunday, Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth, finishing off a 6-1 win by the MLB All-Stars. He struck out two batters and all eight pitches he threw went for strikes. Melancon pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Wednesday, allowing one hit. The MLB All-Stars are taking on Japan’s national team and not doing well, losing three of the four games played so far in the five-game series. They still have one more...

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