Winter Leagues: Matt Hague Drives In Three Runs
Nov07

Winter Leagues: Matt Hague Drives In Three Runs

In the Dominican on Wednesday night, Matt Hague drove in three runs in his team’s 8-2 win. Hague finished the game 2-for-5 with a run scored. He is hitting .304 with seven RBI’s in 46 AB’s. In Australia, Sam Kennelly made his season debut for the Perth Heat and had a strong game. He went 1-for-2 with two walks and handled all his plays at second base cleanly. Kennelly was signed as a shortstop and has played there in...

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Winter Leagues: Two Homers For Solis, Jerry Sands Added to Roster
Nov01

Winter Leagues: Two Homers For Solis, Jerry Sands Added to Roster

With the Dominican Winter League off on Thursday, it was a slow day for Pittsburgh Pirates news in Winter ball. The Australian Baseball League started on Thursday for two teams, but the only two teams with Pirates players began their season today by going up against each other. Danny Arribas was in the starting lineup batting sixth and catching for the Sydney Blue Sox. Arribas batted .308 with the DSL Pirates in 2012, then moved up to...

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Winter Leagues: Gregory Polanco’s Streak Reaches Double Digits
Oct30

Winter Leagues: Gregory Polanco’s Streak Reaches Double Digits

In the Dominican League on Tuesday night, Gregory Polanco kept his hitting streak going, though he has being doing the minimum the last five games. Polanco now has hit in ten straight games, a streak that started on Opening Day. In his last five games, he is 5-for-21 with one extra base hit, no RBI’s and eight strikeouts. In his first five games, he went 10-for-20 with four doubles, three homers and eight RBI’s, so he has...

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Winter League Recap: Pirates Start Their Season in Venezuela
Oct12

Winter League Recap: Pirates Start Their Season in Venezuela

The Venezuelan Winter League started their season on Thursday night with six current Pittsburgh Pirates minor league players on the Opening Day rosters. On Friday night, four of those players made their season debut. The number of Pirates players in the league will fluctuate as players are signed as minor league free agents or are released, plus some players only play partial season, so they may leave the team early or start their...

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Prospect Notebook: Luis Heredia, Zack Dodson, and Rinku Singh Set to Return Soon

I’ve had a lot of questions early in the year about the progress of Luis Heredia. The right-hander is in extended Spring Training, and hasn’t thrown in many games. He has been throwing on the side, and pitched a live batting practice earlier this week. Back in the middle of March I spoke with Pirates farm director Larry Broadway, who said that the team would probably take a similar approach with Heredia as they did with...

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