Winter Leagues: High-Priced International Signing Among Pirates Playing in Panama
Dec13

Winter Leagues: High-Priced International Signing Among Pirates Playing in Panama

The final winter league to start play this year(and every year) is the Panama League. The rosters have been released and three Pittsburgh Pirates players are on the active rosters, while another is listed as a reserve. There is one very interesting name among this group, 17-year-old right-handed pitcher Brian Sousa. He signed for $160,000 on July 2nd, as soon as the international signing period began. That total might not seem very...

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First Pitch: Breaking Down the Antonio Bastardo Deal, and a Story on Joely Rodriguez
Dec11

First Pitch: Breaking Down the Antonio Bastardo Deal, and a Story on Joely Rodriguez

A little over four years ago I was driving up to Williamsport, PA on September 3rd, 2010. The minor league season was wrapping up, and I was finishing my second season running this site, and the first season where it was more of an overall look of the organization, rather than a close look at the Lynchburg Hillcats (who moved away to Bradenton that year) and a not-so-close look at every other level. I had this crazy idea to write a...

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AFL Names Joely Rodriguez to 2014 Prospect Team
Dec10

AFL Names Joely Rodriguez to 2014 Prospect Team

The Arizona Fall League announced the 2014 Top Prospect team and lefty Joely Rodriguez was named as one of two starting pitchers on the squad. He was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player on the team, which consisted of two players from each position and four pitchers(two starters, two relievers). It’s a nice honor for Rodriguez because the voting is done by the coaches and the managers in the league and it’s not just based...

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Winter Leagues: Joely Rodriguez Loses Shutout Streak in Third Start
Dec08

Winter Leagues: Joely Rodriguez Loses Shutout Streak in Third Start

In the Dominican on Sunday afternoon, Joely Rodriguez made his third start and went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks, striking out three batters. He did a good job keeping the ball on the ground, getting nine ground outs, two of them double plays. Four of the hits he allowed were also ground balls. Prior to Sunday, Rodriguez had thrown eight shutout innings in the Dominican and given up five hits and no...

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Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Could Return Soon
Dec06

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Could Return Soon

On Friday night in the Dominican, Tony Sanchez went 0-for-3 and allowed two stolen bases in two attempts. He is hitting .107 through 28 at-bats and he is 2-for-10 in throwing out base runners in nine games. Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. His average dropped down to .237 in 114 at-bats. Willy Garcia went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He is hitting .250/.290/.420 through 100 at-bats. Nate Baker made his second...

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