Winter Leagues: Gorkys Hernandez Homers, Perez Continues Dominant Playoff Run
Jan20

Winter Leagues: Gorkys Hernandez Homers, Perez Continues Dominant Playoff Run

On Sunday in the Dominican playoffs, Gustavo Nunez went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in his team’s 7-3 win. Mel Rojas Jr. struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. He batted for Carlos Paulino, who spent the last four years in the Pirates’ system. In Venezuela, Julio Vivas retired the only batter he faced, picking up the last out in the top of the ninth and stranding both runners he inherited. In Colombia,...

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Winter Leagues: Finals Begin in Dominican League Without Some Top Pirates Prospects
Jan18

Winter Leagues: Finals Begin in Dominican League Without Some Top Pirates Prospects

Action is beginning to slow down in winter leagues for Pittsburgh Pirates players, so the articles will be spread out a little more. The action on the field in winter ball is heating up though, as we are nearing the Caribbean Series, where the best teams from Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Dominican will face-off for the title. The teams are also being set for the Latin American Series, which will have the best teams from the...

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Winter Leagues: Walk-Off Hit For Gustavo Nunez, Julio Vivas Shutdown…Possibly
Jan08

Winter Leagues: Walk-Off Hit For Gustavo Nunez, Julio Vivas Shutdown…Possibly

On a slow Tuesday in winter ball, Sebastian Valle went 1-for-4 with a double in his team’s 6-2 loss. He has just three hits in 17 playoff at-bats, although those hits are two doubles and a homer. In Venezuela, Gorkys Hernandez went 0-for-4 with two walks and two strikeouts. He stole his first base of the playoffs. In Panama, Edgar Munoz went 0-for-2 with a walk and run scored. We had a write-up on Munoz in Tuesday’s Winter...

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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: Playoffs Start in the Dominican, Gorkys Hernandez Returns to Action
Dec28

Winter Leagues: Playoffs Start in the Dominican, Gorkys Hernandez Returns to Action

The Dominican League playoffs began on Saturday night and three Pittsburgh Pirates players saw action. Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and an outfield assist. His team didn’t make the playoffs, but Rojas was one of a handful of players that were drafted by the teams that did make it into the round robin tournament. Willy Garcia struck out as a pinch-hitter in his only at-bat. He finished the regular season with...

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