Winter Leagues: Big Game From Edwin Espinal, Brian Sousa Makes His Debut
Dec19

Winter Leagues: Big Game From Edwin Espinal, Brian Sousa Makes His Debut

In the Dominican on Thursday night, Edwin Espinal made his first start of the season count. He went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and he drove in two runs. Espinal spent this season in Low-A ball, so the lack of playing time isn’t surprising considering the difference in play between Low-A and winter ball in the Dominican. He has been playing in their version of the minor leagues(called the Parallel League), so he has...

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Winter Leagues: Sam Kennelly Makes Debut in Australia, Julio Vivas Impressing in Venezuela
Dec12

Winter Leagues: Sam Kennelly Makes Debut in Australia, Julio Vivas Impressing in Venezuela

In Australia on Friday, Sam Kennelly made his season debut and went 0-for-2 before being pinch-hit for in the eighth inning. He played second base and handled all three chances in the field cleanly. Kennelly signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012 for $225,000 and at 18 years old, he is one of the youngest players in the Australian Baseball League. What stands out about that is that this is his third year playing in the league....

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Winter Leagues: Tony Sanchez Sent Home From Dominican, Stolmy Pimentel Gets Hit Around
Dec10

Winter Leagues: Tony Sanchez Sent Home From Dominican, Stolmy Pimentel Gets Hit Around

Monday was a very slow day for winter league action. There were only two games on the schedule and one Pittsburgh Pirates player saw action. There was big news however from the Dominican. Tony Sanchez was sent home due to poor performance. That isn’t surprising as he was hitting .100, having issues on defense, and in his last game, he batted ninth and was pinch-hit for in the seventh inning. While we consider winter leagues as...

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Winter Leagues: Grand Slam From Sebastian Valle, Willy Garcia Homers
Dec01

Winter Leagues: Grand Slam From Sebastian Valle, Willy Garcia Homers

In the Dominican on Saturday night, Willy Garcia went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, dropping his average down to .236 through 26 games. He did have two highlights in the game. He drew his first walk in over three weeks and he picked up his second straight outfield assist in a big spot. Garcia threw out Gustavo Nunez at second base in the sixth inning with his team up 2-0. Garcia had just switched from center to left field that inning. He...

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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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