Winter Leagues: Adam Frazier Helps Lead Team USA to Finals

On Friday in Japan during the Premier12 tournament, Adam Frazier helped Team USA to a 6-1 win over Mexico, which put them in the finals on Saturday. Frazier went 3-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base. That win led to USA against South Korea in the finals today. Frazier started at second  base on Saturday and went 0-for-3 with a walk, as Korea won by an 8-0 score. He finished the tournament with a .355 average, going 11-for-31 in eight games.

Jin-De Jhang went 3-for-8 with two doubles in three games for Chinese Taipei. He was the only other player from the Pirates’ organization in the Premier12 tournament.

In Venezuela, Jose Osuna went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a walk in his team’s 10-0 win. For the third straight game, he started in left field. Osuna also had a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly. He is hitting .339/.391/.476 in 124 at-bats.

Junior Sosa grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and finished the game in right field on defense. He’s hitting .173 in 52 at-bats.

Gorkys Hernandez went 0-for-3 with two sacrifice bunts. He has a .720 OPS in 36 games.

Only one game in the Dominican on Friday and Pedro Florimon was the only Pirates’ player to see action. He went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts. He is hitting .186 in 11 games and has 19 strikeouts in 43 at-bats.

In Mexico, Carlos Munoz went 2-for-4 with a run scored. He is hitting .320 through 33 games.

In Australia, Sam Kennelly started both games of a doubleheader at shortstop and went 0-for-4 with his first error in the opener. In game two, he went 0-for-3, leaving him 5-for-30 through nine games.

The Pirates purchased Patrick Johnson on Friday from an independent team in the American Association. He has been pitching winter ball for Caribes de Anzoategui in Venezuela, where he has been dominating the competition. Johnson has made seven starts, posting an 0.96 ERA in 37.1 innings, with a .228 BAA and 33 strikeouts. He is second in ERA in the league, second in strikeouts and fourth with a 1.02 WHIP. He last pitched on Tuesday, throwing six shutout innings.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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Been a long time since LLOYD was ready to spew Bucco opines and no one is near awake in the room. Maybe another time men. So so so busy but such a fan of this site and our squad. Sorry to not contribute to the discussions at this time but plans are for that to change.
Good Night!!!



This is my theory on why Tony Sanchez was kept on the roster. The Pirates will keep him through spring training in case Cervelli or Stewart get hurt. Then they have a few options. If one of the catchers get hurt then they can bring Sanchez up and give Diaz more time in the minors. And in spring training another club might have a catcher injured and Sanchez would have a higher value in a trade.

Kerry Writtenhouse

John, how does the minor league phase work? Who’s eligible to be taken?

Kerry Writtenhouse

Thanks John!

Bruce Humbert

My prediction…
Rule 5 Losses…
Rojas – worth a shot as third/fourth outfielder for someone like the Phillies
Osuna – Ditto – and can play 1st base – has hit at every level
Barnes – Ditto
Frazier – versatile and has hit well
And maybe Holmes – he can sit on a roster like Milwaukee and get some garbage time work late in the year.
Not excuse for any of them
And they already lost Lambo

Rondon and Knudson Decker, Floriman are AAAA at best – why they get priority over any of the above is beyond me.
And there is absolutely no need for Sanchez at this point

Hoping I am wrong – but this makes NO sense –


Every year, without fail, people get mad about not protecting this marginal prospect or that marginal prospect, then predict that multiple players could be lost. A belief that built upon anecdotes, that ignores the realities of the rule five draft, like corner OF are usually never selected, and over exuberant optimism for one’s own prospects.

Every freaking year.


I’d rather protect a marginal prospect who “could” be good than guys like Florimon or Sanchez who have pretty much proven they will never be everyday MLBers. And even Tim had questions about who they were and weren’t gonna protect.

mitch t

Hurdle showed last September that he likes Florimon plenty. Sanchez looks like he can hit on the MLB which isn’t the case for half of the leagues catchers. That means both players have a good chance at a MLB career… Way better chance than Rojas or Barnes. Just say in’…




This makes sense too. Once one of yours is selected, you get to pull some back, right?

What year was it they got raided? Or at least that was the joke. Chris Shelton was one of them. Had like a monster April for the O’s I think and was never heard from again. None of those guys they lost panned out I remember.


Ah, yes. Sorry.


It was the Tigers, excuse me.

Kerry Writtenhouse

Frazier isn’t eligible till next year.


Why would we protect Florimon and not Holmes?


Let’s do some roster math.

The Pirates currently have 9 players on the 40 man roster never to appear in a game. They are the four additions, Taillon, Kingham, Garcia, Hanson and Ngoepe.

There are also three players who only have a September call up worth of experience in Broxton, Diaz and Holdzkom.

Now it’s not out of the question a couple of these guys could make the Opening Day roster but its rare for the Pirates to bring someone north with so little experience.

If we assume none of them make the Opening Day roster we need to add 25 to the 12 as that will represent the players on the team. So that puts us at 37 players leaving 3 open spots.

If one assumes Kang won’t be ready which looks like a possibility that number drops to 2 open spots. The Pirates also are going to need some sort of Rob Scahill type pitcher on the 40 man that they can call up when the bullpen needs a fresh arm for a few days. You my not like it but its a necessary evil.

So now we are left with only 1 available spot. It could go to Holmes of course but it makes more sense to go to a more fungible player so the Pirates wouldn’t have to worry about losing him if they need to remove to add a sixth starter or someone to the roster.


John…I am obviously not understanding your point. Why would we have to ‘sneak’ Holmes through anything? Doesn’t he have options left?

I know Sanchez is out of options, but who cares?

Doesn’t Barnes have options?

Kerry Writtenhouse

Lee, their options haven’t started yet. Once you place them on the 40 man roster, they have 3 options from that point. Holmes would be out of options by the time he reached the majors, likely by 2019.




I guess that makes sense. I just think its much less of a chance Florimon and Gift get taken. Pretty much nil, with their bats or lack there of.


I understand protecting one of Florimon and Gift, but not BOTH. And im with Bill on Sanchez.


There’s two spots right there. And, if you need a good field/no hit SS Or backup C because of injuries, there are lots of them floating around on AAA rosters.

Arms like Holmes aren’t. He has Philadelphia Phillie written all over him.


You can open up a 40 man by taking Tony S or Geedo or one of the other bums currently residing there.

If someone takes Holmes, like the Phils, sure they’re risking a spot, but it’s worth a shot (not unlike Evan Meek).

Who would you rather lose, Geedo or Holmes?

If someone takes Geedo or Tony S in the Rule V, no big loss.

Protect Holmes and then option him out, right?


Not trying to beat a dead horse here, but when you have a guy with Holmes’ upside, you make an exception.

Your best guess is noted, but, as an armchair GM, I would’ve made an exception.

Thanks for your patience, 🙂

Chuck C

Could a team take Holmes and put him on 60 day DL like Milwaukee did to the left hander pitcher they took in rule5 draft?

Luke S

Gotta spend time on the roster before you can do that. You cannot take him and immediately place him on the DL.


Agree on both sides of it. If a team chooses Holmes after only pitching 36 innings with the highest level being Hi A, after missing a full year to TJ, then that team has committed to playing with 24 in 2016, and hope that he develops more for 2017.

Florimon is a true professional defensively. It also speaks to how important it was to get Kang as a starter or backup for Mercer at SS.


Why not protect him, take Sanchez off of the 40 man and then send Holmes back for more seasoning?


NH will never ever be in the position he was a few years back when he was in the crap heap looking for anyone who could catch.

Kerry Writtenhouse

Not toention you’re starting the clock. Not as big a deal for Barnes, but Holmes needs the extra year of development.


Why would we protect Florimon and not almost anyone else?

Bill W

AGAIN WHY WOULD WE PROTECT SANCHEZ. Unless we are not bringing STEWART back.


Why would any team see Sanchez’ CS% and pick him?


Plus, we have Diaz, Mr C.

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