Winter Leagues 10/19 – Two Hits For Each Marte

Checking in on Pirates’ players and friends in Winter League action: DOMINICAN LEAGUE Gigantes del Cibao  6,  Toros del Este  5 A bottom-of-the-9th rally by Los Toros was not enough to catch Los Gigantes.  A single, a fielding error, and a walk loaded the bases with no outs for Los Toros.   A grounder to third let one run come in, but forced out the runner trying to move from second to third.  That was all Los Toros could do,...

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Winter Leagues 10/18 – Hits For Hague

Pirates’ players and friends in action in the Winter Leagues on Tuesday: VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tigres de Aragua  2,  Bravos de Margarita  1 Former Pirate LF Lastings Milledge singled and scored in Aragua’s 2-run 6th inning.  He also singled and stole second base in the 4th.  Los Tigres’ outfield was all former Pirates’ farmhands  –  CF Jonel Pacheco singled in 3 trips to the plate, and RF Jorge Cortes went...

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Winter Leagues 10/17

The Venezuelan and Mexican Pacific Leagues had a scheduled day off on Monday.  The Dominican League had just one game going. The Puerto Rican and Australian winter leagues (well, summer for the Aussies) begin in a few more weeks. Team USA is on a short break before continuing with the Pan Am games later this week.   Toros del Este  5,  Estrellas de Oriente  4 Los Estrellas scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the...

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Winter Leagues 10/14-15 — Hague Hits, Hernandez Gets Hit

Catching up with the Pirates’ players and friends in the winter leagues: MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE Algodoneros de Guasave  7,  Venados de Mazatlan  4 A 6-run 3rd inning gave Guasave a lead they would not give up on Friday, despite a 3-run 8th by Los Venados.  There were two homers in the 3rd for Guasave and two in the 8th for Mazatlan.  LF Rogelio Noris went 0-for-3 with a walk.  Former Pirate LF Yurendell de Caster singled and...

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Derrek Lee is the Best First Baseman “Available”

In looking at the numbers for the upcoming first basemen, one thing stood out to me: Derrek Lee is good. That’s kind of obvious if you watched what Lee did in his limited time with the Pittsburgh Pirates this year.  Lee only had 101 at-bats, but hit for a .337/.398/.584 line with seven homers.  But when comparing him to the rest of the free agents, Lee looks like the best option that is “available” to the Pirates. I...

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