In the Dominican on Saturday, ¬†Alen Hanson went 2-for-3 with two singles, a walk, a run scored and an RBI. He also had two hits on Friday night. He’s 6-for-26 through seven games, all spent at second base. Since returning from his wrist injury which cost him a month, he is 5-for-11, with an RBI in each game.

Jason Rogers played left field for the first time and went 1-for-3 with a walk, before leaving for a pinch-runner in the eighth inning. His first five games were at first base. Rogers is 4-for-20, with five walks through six games.

Eric Wood went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He faced Major League veteran John Lannan twice and had a strikeout and a line out to second. Wood is batting .214 through 22 games, with three doubles, two homers and 13 walks.

Willy Garcia played center field and went 1-for-3, with a single and a walk. He is hitting .217/.315/.239 this season through 20 games.

Eury Perez played his first game with the Pirates since they announced his signing on Friday. He batted lead-off and went 0-for-4, splitting the game between left field and right field. Perez is hitting .184 through 30 games, though he has just 50 at-bats.

Kelvin Marte continued to dominate winter ball, throwing six shutout innings on two hits, two walks and two strikeouts. He posted a 12:0 GO/AO ratio. Marte has a 1.12 ERA over 56.1 innings. He remains a free agent.

In Venezuela, Jose Osuna went 1-for-4 with a single. He has a .262/.333/.379 slash line through 52 games.

Elvis Escobar made his first start since returning from a lower left leg injury this week, and he went 1-for-4 at the plate. He is hitting .282/.294/.419 through 41 games.

In Mexico, Carlos Munoz reached base five times, picking up two singles, two walks (one intentional) and he was hit by a pitch. His team had a total of 26 base runners, but still managed to lose 5-4 in 11 innings. Munoz is hitting .193/.299/.257 in 43 games

In Australia, Sam Kennelly went 1-for-3 with a single, hit-by-pitch and a walk, driving in two runs. His two-run single in the 11th inning was the difference in his team’s 6-4 win.

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  1. John … Mental lapses and swinging for the fences aside, has Hanson’s skill eroded? Or does he still have the same skill set that made him a top 100 prospect in the MLB?

    • I don’t think he has lost anything. He still has plus speed, above average range, the arm is average, he has some pop in his bat. It’s just harder to get by at the upper levels without being more consistent. Hopefully, it comes with maturity and experience. That last part is one of the reasons it was disappointing that he wasn’t used more by Hurdle. Plenty of chances to get him more MLB experience going into 2017.

      • Not just Hanson, Hurdle dropped the ball the last 2 months of the season in playing veterans to help them in FA instead of preparing guys for this year.

        • You hit that nail right on the head, Joe. Not only in FA, but Hurdle provided the opportunity for two guys to make incentives amounting to about $150 – $200K. Lost in all of that free-money giveaway at the end of the season was the fact we started the season by refusing to give Gerrit Cole a $50,000 bump, so he went into the year unhappy.

          The Pirates were the young, exciting playoff team for 3 years, and then in 2016 NH gave Hurdle a bunch of 30+ guys like Jaso, Freese, Rodriguez, Joyce, Vogelsong, etc., and Hurdle just could not help himself. They did well, but we lost a year on the MLB development of younger players.
          And, maybe CH shot himself in the foot!
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    • Geez boys, relax.
      Hurdle was trying to win games. And as we know, he would have loved to resign his bench pieces and no doubt a part of that, in their minds, was playing time in 2017 and beyond. If they were benched at the end of 2016, no shot at keeping them. As it turned out, a couple played themselves out of the Buccos payroll.

      • Lloyd: I expect a good experienced manager should be able to manage for the present and keep a close eye on the future, especially when you manage for the Pirates. If we err, it should be on the side of today and tomorrow, not yesterday.

        I understand your point. But, 2016 was supposed to be a transition year – during the year, CH transitioned our bench pieces into starters. The guy could not stop himself, so now we can reload and try to transition in 2017, which, unless an extension is granted, is the last year of his contract.

        My 2017 lineup from Day One – Cervelli, Bell, Hanson, Mercer, Kang, Marte, ‘Cutch, Polanco.

    • The Dominican league has been dominated by pitching this year. League average OPS is .619. Garcia’s stats aren’t good, but he is far from the worst on his team. Alberto Rosario, who made his MLB debut for the Cardinals this season, is hitting .093/.184/.116 this winter

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