Winter Leagues Recap: Pie Goes Yard

In Winter League action today in Australia, Adelaide lost 4-2 to Canberra. Three Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup, Stefan Welch, Justin Howard and Dylan Child. Welch went 0-for-3, with a run scored and two strikeouts. His average dropped down to .205 after a 1-for-13 weekend. Howard went 2-for-4, with a double and run scored. Child had a rough time behind the plate, allowing four steals on four attempts and committing a passed ball. He went 1-for-4 at the plate. Child caught three of the team’s four games this weekend. The Australian Baseball League is off until Friday, when Adelaide will start a four games series against Melbourne.

Also in the ABL, Sam Kennelly went 0-for-4, with a walk and a strikeout. The sixteen-year-old third baseman also committed his first error of the season. He is 3-for-19 this season, with three singles and an RBI.

In Dominican League action, Starling Marte went 1-for-4, with a single. He now has a .315/.396/.472 line after 23 games.

Felix Pie went 1-for-3, with his third home run of the DWL season. The homer led off the game. Pie also added a sacrifice bunt.

Anderson Hernandez went 0-for-4, breaking his eight game hitting streak.

In Puerto Rico, Benji Gonzalez got his first start in a week. He went 1-for-4, driving in two runs with a ninth inning single. At the time, his team was down 3-0, but they were unable to complete the comeback.

In Mexico, Ali Solis went 0-for-4, with a strikeout. He has caught five games in a row after missing two weeks with a hand injury.

Jovany Lopez did something yesterday that he didn’t do the entire month of November, he faced more than one batter in a game. Lopez had nine November appearances, facing a total of nine batters. Last night, he retired all three batters he faced. He threw 11 pitches, seven for strikes, getting two groundouts before retiring the side with a pop out to shortstop from former Pirates infielder Luis Cruz.

In Venezuela, Ryan Reid pitched a scoreless inning of relief. He was a bit wild, throwing just six strikes out of 13 pitches. Reid allowed just a single, while striking out one batter. He has six straight scoreless appearances, totaling 7.2 innings.

  • Pie has 4000+ PA between the majors and minors and has never shown this much patience so i wouldn’t read too much into it…but it is a good sign…even a little for patience and plate discipline and Pie could be a useful piece. He has always had the tools.

  • Is it me or are Pie and Marte learning how to walk down in the DSL? Or are all their pitchers wild???

    Foo

    • Pie is second in the league in walks, one behind the leader. He ranks 11th in AB’s so it is a fairly strong total.

      Marte started off strong, but he hasn’t walked in his last six games, 26 AB’s

      Teams average just over 3.5 walks per game in the league, about 1/2 a walk per game higher than in MLB this season

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