Winter Leagues: Mark Melancon Closes Out Win in Japan
Nov17

Winter Leagues: Mark Melancon Closes Out Win in Japan

In Japan on Sunday, Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth, finishing off a 6-1 win by the MLB All-Stars. He struck out two batters and all eight pitches he threw went for strikes. Melancon pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Wednesday, allowing one hit. The MLB All-Stars are taking on Japan’s national team and not doing well, losing three of the four games played so far in the five-game series. They still have one more...

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Winter Leagues: Update on Alen Hanson, More Hitting From Mel Rojas Jr.
Nov16

Winter Leagues: Update on Alen Hanson, More Hitting From Mel Rojas Jr.

We got an update on Alen Hanson’s injured right hand, which isn’t much, but that can be considered good news. Hanson will return to the United States to be reevaluated this week. I was told that there were no setbacks in his progress. Last we heard on October 30th was that Hanson would miss at least three weeks after he was hit on the right hand by a pitch. In the Dominican on Saturday night, Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-3...

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Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Struggles Again, Mel Rojas Jr. Doubles Again
Nov15

Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Struggles Again, Mel Rojas Jr. Doubles Again

On Friday night in the Dominican, Stolmy Pimentel made his fourth start and continued to struggle. In two innings of work, he gave up just one run, but allowed three hits and three walks. In 9.1 innings, he has given up ten runs on 16 hits and seven walks, while striking out four batters. Pimentel has now made three starts in which he failed to go longer than two innings. Wirfin Obispo was one of the five relievers that followed...

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Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Collecting Extra-Base Hits, Tito Polo Begins Season In Colombia
Nov14

Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Collecting Extra-Base Hits, Tito Polo Begins Season In Colombia

On Wednesday night in the Dominican, Mel Rojas Jr. went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.┬áMore on him below. Carlos Paulino played his sixth game, coming in as a defensive replacement behind the plate in the ninth inning. He didn’t get a chance to bat. Willy Garcia had his second straight 0-for-4 game, though he didn’t strikeout, which is a small victory. Garcia is still hitting .304 through 17 games and has...

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Winter Leagues: Tony Sanchez Headed to the Dominican
Nov12

Winter Leagues: Tony Sanchez Headed to the Dominican

Catcher Tony Sanchez is leaving for the Dominican on Wednesday, going there to play for Toros del Este. He played some first base late in the season this year, but he will go to the Dominican strictly to play catcher. He should probably see action in about 5-7 days. Last year when Andrew Lambo joined his Venezuelan team a few weeks after the season started, he took five days before he played his first game. Sanchez batted...

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