Winter Leagues Update: Howard Wins Player of the Week

Justin Howard has been named the Player of the Week by the Australian Baseball League for his performance during his team’s four-game sweep last week against Melbourne. Howard went 9-for-14, with three walks, six runs scored and four RBI’s. He finished the week with two three-hit games. Howard started the year off very slow, but has pushed his totals to respectable levels, now owning a .274/.410/.419 line over 18 games....

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Winter Leagues Recap: Five More Shutout Innings For Johnson

In Australian League action from today, Adelaide won a 10-9 slugfest. Both Justin Howard and Stefan Welch were in the starting lineup for the Bite. Howard continued his current hot streak, going 3-for-4, with two runs scored and his sixth double. In his last five games, Howard has gone 11-for-18 at the plate. Welch went 1-for-5, with two strikeouts. Rinku Singh had his first rough outing of the ABL season. After not allowing a run in...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Johnson Throws Three Hitless Innings

In Winter League action from last night, Starling Marte went 1-for-4, with his fourth triple of the DWL season. He also reached on an error in the second, but was thrown out stealing for his first caught stealing in nine attempts. Marte has tripled in three of the last six games. Anderson Hernandez went 1-for-3, with a walk and his first home run of the DWL season. He now has a .737 OPS through 39 games. Felix Pie went 0-for-4, with...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Fuesser and Welch Named to All-Star Team

The Australian Baseball League announced their participants for the December 16th All-Star game. Stefan Welch made it for the Australian team, while Zac Fuesser will pitcher for the World team. Welch has struggled recently, going 1-for-13 this past weekend, leaving him with a .205/.311/.385 line through 11 games played. Fuesser has been impressive since his first start, in which he gave up seven runs in three innings. Since then, he...

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Pirates Prospects Who Are Eligible For the 2012 Rule 5 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates set their 40-man roster today, adding five players and protecting those players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft on December 6th. The list below includes the players who were left unprotected for the draft. Before I get to the list, I want to point out a mistake on Gift Ngoepe’s eligibility. Ngoepe signed with the Pirates in late-2008 at the age of 18. This would have been his fifth Rule 5 draft since he...

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