Winter Leagues: Allie Extends Hit Streak, Big Night For Dean Anna

Due to a light schedule each day, the Pirates highlights from Monday and Tuesday in winter ball are both recapped below. On Friday, the Dominican Winter League begins play, so the winter league articles should be daily once that league starts up.

Starting off first with Monday’s action in Mexico, Stetson Allie had two singles in four at-bats during his team’s 3-0 win. More on him below. Two other Pirates players came out of the bullpen for Mazatlan.

Felipe Gonzalez came in during the seventh inning with two outs and two men on and he got the final out on a strikeout. He started the seventh inning and allowed a hit and walk before being pulled. Neither run scored.

Collin Balester made his second appearance and pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save. He allowed a single and retired the other three hitters on a line drive to right field, pop up to shortstop and ground ball to third base.

On Tuesday in Venezuela, A.J. Morris came out of the bullpen in the fifth inning with a runner on base and he allowed a single and walk before being pulled.  One of his runners ended up scoring.

Jose Osuna didn’t start on Tuesday. He came in to play defense in the eighth inning and did not get a chance to hit.

Ramon Cabrera went 0-for-4 as the DH. He is 4-for-18 on the season with four singles.

Reliever Matt Nevarez pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and picked up the win for the Bravos de Margarita. He allowed one hit and struck out one.

On Tuesday night in Mexico, Stetson Allie extended his hit streak to four games with a sixth inning RBI single. He went 1-for-4 and struck out twice, giving him six strikeouts in 17 plate appearances.

Collin Balester came on in the ninth with a 2-0 lead, looking for his second save. He retired the side in order, needing 11 pitches to finish the game off.

Dean Anna had the big night in the system, going 3-for-4, with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI in his team’s 6-2 win. He is 5-for-11 with three walks in three games.

  • PiratesForever
    October 15, 2014 8:52 pm

    Any news on why Angel Sanchez hasn’t pitched yet? He is the only pitcher on Scottsdale’s roster to not pitch.

    • Sanchez was in the Instructional League up until a few days ago. He just joined the AFL roster, so it’s not surprising he didn’t pitch during his first day there.

  • can we see Allie in Sept if he continues steady progress? Why isn’t toro playing first base in winter ball?

    • Allie should start at AAA next year, so if he progresses then he should definitely see time in Pittsburgh in September. He will already be on the 40-man roster and use up an option to start the year. Alvarez would play in the Dominican League if he played and he is on the reserve list for the league, but the league hasn’t even started yet. So if he did want to play, he can starting Friday. Most of the star players in the league don’t join until later in the season and use it as a tool to get ready for the season.

  • Dean Anna? Is he just a AAA-AAAA player or is he actually a Prospect.
    I do not know much about him other than he is an infielder.

    • He turns 28 in a month so not really a prospect. He’s hit pretty well in the minors so maybe an option as a UT IF, or depth at AAA in case of injury. Not sure why he wasn’t called up instead of MorNixNez last year, 40 man issue maybe? I have no idea about his defense though.

      Here are a couple of blurbs from FG articles in the last year:

      Notes: Anna split his defensive starts in 2013 roughly between second base and shortstop, which is why the author has assigned him a defensive rating (+5 runs) that’s roughly the average of a second baseman (+2.5 runs) and shortstop’s (+7.5 runs) positional adjustment for WAR. In truth, that same author is wholly unfamiliar with Anna’s defensive reputation. Otherwise, he (i.e. Anna, not the author) is an interesting case: he’s controlled the plate for almost the entirety of his minor-league career (12.5% BB, 13.3% K) while also exhibiting not no power. That’s useful, all around.


      As noted in late October, Steamer produced rather an optimistic translated line for Anna’s 2013 season, the entirety of which was spent at Triple-A. Unsurprisingly, Anna’s projected line for 2014 is also quite encouraging.

      Anna controls the plate quite well, it appears, recording walk and strikeout rates of 10.5% and 11.2%, respectively, at Tucson. As one might expect, Steamer doesn’t project Anna to reproduce those figures exactly at the major-league level, but at least to preserve the basic shape of them. That profile, combined with what appears to be non-negligible power and something like a league-average BABIP, would make Anna nearly a league-average hitter.

      League-average hitters on the more challenging end of the defensive spectrum are valuable. There’s no official defensive projection for Anna — just an estimate based on what what he’s played in the minors (short and second, mostly). Reports suggests that Anna isn’t a shortstop proper, probably, but that he can play the position without inspiring pity in spectators and handles second well.

      Unlike the two players below, Anna was actually acquired by way of trade. Recognizing that they’d be unable to protect him on the 40-man roster, San Diego traded him to New York for right-handed relief prospect Ben Paullus.

      • Ok, so is he an option next year or will we be signing Barmes for another season?
        Am I missing someone or is there really no other option than to sign Barmes?
        until Hanson or someone else is ready? (Not a big Hanson fan.)
        Is there some other FA out there in the 1-3m range instead or does Anna play
        some role next season?