Winter Leagues: Tito Polo Leads Team to Playoffs, Leads League in Triples
Jan09

Winter Leagues: Tito Polo Leads Team to Playoffs, Leads League in Triples

In the Dominican from Thursday night, Alen Hanson went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. His average is down to .226 through eight games played. His team is 4-6 in the playoffs with eight games left in the round robin tournament. The Gigantes are 8-2, while the other three teams all have 4-6 records. Only the top two teams advance to the finals. Gustavo Nunez went 0-for-2 with a walk and sacrifice bunt. He is the only Pirates player to start...

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Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Gets Permission to Continue Playing, Sebastian Valle Homers
Jan05

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Gets Permission to Continue Playing, Sebastian Valle Homers

In playoff action in the Dominican on Sunday, Alen Hanson went 1-for-4 with a walk in his team’s 7-1 win. He drove in a run in the second inning on a ground out, then brought home another run in the eighth on a single. Toros del Este announced prior to the game that they received permission from the Pittsburgh Pirates to keep Alen Hanson on their roster. He was originally scheduled to attend Rookie Orientation in Washington DC...

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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: Sebastian Valle Returns From Injury, Harold Ramirez Struggles in Colombia
Dec27

Winter Leagues: Sebastian Valle Returns From Injury, Harold Ramirez Struggles in Colombia

On Christmas night, Sebastian Valle returned from a finger injury suffered on December 14th and went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. On Friday night, Valle went 0-for-4 at the plate, but did throw out both runners that attempted to steal. Through 41 games, he is hitting .299/.371/.470, with five doubles and five homers. While he falls short of having enough plate appearances to qualify for league leaders, his .841 OPS falls...

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Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Gets Drafted For Playoffs, Treanor Picks Up Award
Dec24

Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Gets Drafted For Playoffs, Treanor Picks Up Award

The Dominican League wrapped up play on Sunday, so action in winter ball was very light on Monday, but there was some news related to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Dean Treanor was named the Manager of the Year for guiding Estrellas de Oriente to a 32-18 record and first place in the league. It is his third time winning the award. Treanor has managed the Pirates AAA club in Indianapolis the last four years. On the field on Monday in...

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