Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Gorkys Hernandez in Season Finale
Dec31

Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Gorkys Hernandez in Season Finale

In Venezuela on Tuesday night, Gorkys Hernandez went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the last game of the regular season. His team finished in first place and will continue on in the playoffs starting on Saturday. Hernandez hit .261/.337/.303 in 142 at-bats. He missed five weeks with a finger injury, returning to the lineup four days ago. Hernandez had hits in each of his last four games. In the Dominican playoffs, Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-3...

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Winter Leagues: Playoffs Start in the Dominican, Gorkys Hernandez Returns to Action
Dec28

Winter Leagues: Playoffs Start in the Dominican, Gorkys Hernandez Returns to Action

The Dominican League playoffs began on Saturday night and three Pittsburgh Pirates players saw action. Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and an outfield assist. His team didn’t make the playoffs, but Rojas was one of a handful of players that were drafted by the teams that did make it into the round robin tournament. Willy Garcia struck out as a pinch-hitter in his only at-bat. He finished the regular season with...

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Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Homers, Shows Improvements at the Plate
Dec18

Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Homers, Shows Improvements at the Plate

In the Dominican on Wednesday night, three Pirates players saw action for Aguilas Cibaenas. Willy Garcia went 1-for-4, with his fourth home run of the season. He is second in homers to Sebastian Valle(five) among Pirates in winter ball. He is having a winter season very similar to his regular season for Altoona, hitting .269/.314/.462 in winter VS .271/.311/.478 for Altoona. His BB/SO numbers aren’t good in winter, though they...

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Winter Leagues: Two Doubles From Pedro Florimon, Nunez Homers
Dec17

Winter Leagues: Two Doubles From Pedro Florimon, Nunez Homers

Monday was a very slow day in winter ball, but there were a couple players in action and a note about another to mention. The Panama winter league started play on Monday night. Edgar Munoz batted lead-off and played third base. He went 0-for-3 with a walk. Munoz hit .259/.304/.343 in 31 games for Bristol this year. Due to power problems, only two of the four Panama league teams played on Opening Day. In Venezuela, Deolis Guerra...

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Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Makes a Brief Return to the Lineup, Valle Leaves With Hand Injury
Dec15

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Makes a Brief Return to the Lineup, Valle Leaves With Hand Injury

On Sunday night in the Dominican, Alen Hanson returned after missing seven weeks due to a right hand injury suffered when he was hit by a pitch. His return to the lineup didn’t last long though. After playing second base in the first inning(handling one grounder) and then grounding out to third base in the bottom of the inning, Hanson was replaced on defense to start the second. I was told during the game that he was under the...

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