Winter Leagues Recap: Updates on Newest Pirates

With the trade between the Red Sox and Pirates completed, it adds two more names to the Winter League mix. Both Ivan DeJesus and Stolmy Pimentel came over to the Pirates yesterday from the Red Sox as part of the return for Joel Hanrahan and Brock Holt. They have also both played Winter ball this year, although it looks like Pimentel is done for the season. Ivan DeJesus played last night and his first game while as a member of the...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Fuesser Strong In Loss

In Australian League action from today, Zac Fuesser continued his strong ABL season, with no earned runs over six innings of work. He was matched on the mound by former Pittsburgh Pirate Virgil Vasquez, who was equally impressive, going seven innings without an earned run. Both pitchers allowed one unearned run, with Fuesser’s coming during a rough first inning. He allowed three base hits, all coming with one out, but none of...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Howard Injured, Latimore Takes His Place

It was announced last night that Justin Howard has returned to the states and will require elbow surgery. According to the article, he hopes to be ready by the start of Spring Training. In his place, Quincy Latimore will join the Adelaide Bite after Christmas. Latimore played for Adelaide during the 2010 season, hitting .313 with a .923 OPS in 31 games. Howard was on a tear recently, hitting .429 with five doubles and five RBI’s...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Hernandez Takes Over Hits Lead

The Australian Baseball League held it’s All-Star game today. The teams were split up into World All-Stars against Australian All-Stars. Zac Fuesser represented the World team, while Stefan Welch was a member of the Australian team. Fuesser came in to pitch the fourth inning and he allowed a lead-off walk, before getting two groundouts and a pop out to end the inning. It was his only inning of work. Welch went 0-for-4, but Team...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Fuesser Strikes Out Seven in Loss

In Australia today, Zac Fuesser threw six innings in his team’s 4-2 loss. Fuesser allowed all four runs, three were earned, while giving up seven hits, two walks and he struck out seven batters. He threw 102 pitches on the night, 67 were for strikes. He is scheduled to appear in Sunday’s ABL All-Star game. Fuesser has a 2-2, 4.02 record, with a 1.37 WHIP, 1.76 GO/AO ratio and 29 strikeouts in 31.1 innings. Two Pirates...

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