Winter Leagues Recap: 11/13

In Winter League action yesterday, Starling Marte went 0-for-2 before leaving the game for a defensive replacement during the top of the sixth inning. The score at the time was 1-1 and Marte had previously struck out in the fourth inning, then played CF in the fifth without a play in the field. In other action in the Dominican, Anderson Hernandez went 1-for-5, while Oscar Tejada had a pinch-hit single in his only AB, before he...

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Winter League Recap: Hanson Steals His First Base

Here are the results from the winter leagues yesterday. **Alen Hanson came in as a pinch runner in the seventh inning and stole second base. He later came around to score what was the tying run at the time. He didn’t have an at-bat. **Jovany Lopez made his debut in the Mexican League. He pitched a shutout inning, giving up one hit and striking out two. **Brandon Boggs went 0-for-2 with three walks and a stolen base. **Jose Diaz...

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Winter Leagues 12/4 — Marte, Ciriaco, And Brown Contributing, Noris Homers

Winter league action with Pirates’ players and friends on Sunday   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tiburones de La Guaira 7,  Caribes de Anzoategui  6  (Game 1) In the first of two 7-inning games, Los Tiburones attacked for 6 runs in the bottom of the 7th, which included a grand slam.  Los Caribes caught up with 2 runs in the 4th and 3 runs in the 5th.  Los Tiburones answered with a run in the bottom of the 5th, on a single and a double,...

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Fall and Winter League Rosters

The Arizona Fall League begins play today, with seven Pirates’ farmhands on the roster for the Mesa Solar Sox.� Players from the Los Angeles Angels, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Chicago Cubs, and the New York Mets will round out the Solar Sox’ roster. � Pitchers Brian Leach, Aaron Pribanic, and Justin Wilson are all participating, and all are expected to pitch in relief, as other pitchers have the priority for starting roles.� Team USA’s Justin De Fratus (Phillies) is also on the roster, so he must be planning to join the Solar Sox later in the week after the Pan Am tournament wraps up.

Behind the plate, look for C Tony Sanchez, who is trying to make up time after missing much of the regular season due to a fractured jaw.� Sanchez has also been asked by MLB to keep a blog of his experiences in the Arizona Fall League.� (He hasn’t started it yet — stay tuned.)� Phillies’ pitcher Josh Zeid and Angels pitcher Ryan Brasier, both slated as starters for the Solar Sox, have also been asked to write blogs.

Altoona infielders Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer will be sharing some infield time with six other infielders, including Josh Vitters of the Cubs.� Their Curve teammate Andrew Lambo will be sharing outfield duties with four other outfielders, including Phillies’ John Mayberry.

Mexican Pacific League

Los Venados de Mazatlan is the hometown team of OF Rogelios Noris. He got in a little playing time last year as a rookie, and was a bit of a surprise, with some home runs and some very good pinch-hit appearances. The 21-year-old hit .236 with the West Virginia Power during the 2010 season.

Also listed on one Mazatlan roster (but not all) is LHP Jovany Lopez. Lopez is a 19 year old from Los Mochis, who has spent two seasons with the Pirates Venezuelan Summer League team.� This season, he made 18 relief appearances (27.2 innings) and had a 5-0 record with a 3.90 ERA.� He gave up 30 hits and 12 earned runs, but allowed only 5 walks and struck out 21.

Three former Pirates are also playing in the Mexican Pacific League:� Inf/Of Yurendell de Caster is with Los Algodoneros de Guasave, C Humberto Cota is on the roster of Los Naranjeros de Hermosillo, and OF Jeff Salazar will be in center field for Los Yaquis de Obregon.

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