Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Homers, Takes Hit Away From Alen Hanson
Jan16

Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Homers, Takes Hit Away From Alen Hanson

In the Dominican League playoffs on Wednesday, Alen Hanson went 2-for-5 with a run scored, but his team was still eliminated from the finals. Hanson reached base seven times during a three-game stretch. Willy Garcia went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. There are better results for him below, as he broke his playoff slump on Thursday. Gustavo Nunez went 2-for-3 with two singles and a sacrifice bunt. Rafael Perez gave up one run over five...

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Winter Leagues: Andy Vasquez Homers in Three Straight Games, Rojas and Garcia Return to Action
Jan14

Winter Leagues: Andy Vasquez Homers in Three Straight Games, Rojas and Garcia Return to Action

It was a slow Monday night in winter ball, although we do have some late news from Sunday night that didn’t get into Monday’s article. In Colombia, Andy Vasquez homered and drove in five runs in his team’s win. In the first two games, he is 4-for-9 with two homers and eight RBIs. His team took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. (see a late update for game three below) In Venezuela on Monday, Wilfredo Boscan...

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Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Reaches Base Three Times as His Team Nears Elimination
Jan12

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Reaches Base Three Times as His Team Nears Elimination

In the Dominican playoffs on Sunday night, Alen Hanson went 2-for-4 with a walk, run scored and two stolen bases. His team still lost and is now of the verge of being eliminated in the round robin tournament. With five games left and only two teams advancing, the Toros are 4-9, trailing the Gigantes(10-3), Estrellas(7-6) and the Aguilas(5-8). Hanson is now 10-for-45(.222) in the playoffs. Gustavo Nunez went 1-for-3 with a walk, run...

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First Pitch: Willy Garcia’s Strengths and Weaknesses Fit a Growing MLB Trend
Jan08

First Pitch: Willy Garcia’s Strengths and Weaknesses Fit a Growing MLB Trend

One of the players the Pittsburgh Pirates protected from the Rule 5 draft this off-season was Willy Garcia, who was profiled today as the number 18 prospect in our countdown. Garcia is an interesting case. He has two plus tools, with plus power and a plus arm. However, he doesn’t draw walks, and strikes out way too much. As John Dreker wrote during the season, there haven’t been many players who have gone on to play in the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #18 – Willy Garcia
Jan07

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #18 – Willy Garcia

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find.  While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks.  Be sure to purchase your copy of the book on the products page of the site. To recap...

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