Who Will the Pirates Protect From the Rule 5 Draft?

Throughout the year we’ve talked about the Rule 5 roster crunch that the Pittsburgh Pirates will face this off-season.  Some of that has been over-blown to the point where people suggest trading prospects like Starling Marte just because the Pirates might not have a spot to protect him.  Make no mistake, the Pirates aren’t at risk of losing any significant prospects to the Rule 5 draft.  They currently have five spots open...

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Winter Leagues 11/16 — Farrell Homers

Checking in with Pirates’ players and friends in Tuesday’s winter league action….    I’ll be away for a few days, but we’ll catch up with the winter league action when I get back. VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tiburones de La Guaira  7,  Leones del Caracas  3 A 5-run 5th inning gave Los Tiburones control of the game.  Caracas scored their runs in the first two innings.   Reliever Jose Ascanio pitched a perfect top of...

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Winter Leagues 11/12– Farrell’s Walk-Off RBI Double

Saturday’s winter league action with Pirates’ players and friends: VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tiburones de La Guaira  5,  Leones del Caracas  4 Caracas was playing catch-up for the whole game.  In the top of the 9th, down by 2 runs, Los Leones loaded the bases with two singles and a walk.  A wild pitch allowed the runner from third to score, bringing Los Leones within one run of Los Tiburones.  An intentional walk loaded the bases...

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Winter Leagues 11/9 – A Few Hits, And Ciriaco Is In

Checking in with a few Pirates players and friends in Wednesday’s winter league action:   PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE Criollos de Caguas  10,  Indios de Mayaguez  5 Los Criollos scored 8 runs over the first three innings, and Los Indios were trying unsuccessfully to catch up for the rest of the game.  Indios’ 3B Jeremy Farrell had the first of three consecutive walks in the bottom of the 2nd.  He scored on an RBI single, then...

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Winter Leagues 11/8– RBI Single For Hague

Pirates’ players and friends in Tuesday’s winter league action: PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE Indios de Mayaguez  2,  Criollos de Caguas  1 A walk and two singles gave Mayaguez their first run in the 3rd inning.  Both teams scored in the 5th — Los Indios on a single, a bunt, and a double, then a solo homer by Los Criollos.  3B Jeremy Farrell went 0-for-4 with 3 strikeouts.   DOMINICAN LEAGUE Leones del Escogido  6,  Toros...

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