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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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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