In the Dominican on Thursday night, Eric Wood went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer and two walks. The home run was his second of the winter.

On Friday, the Pirates announced that they signed outfielder Eury Perez to a minor league contract and invited him to Spring Training. He is playing for Leones del Escogido this winter and went 1-for-3 with three walks and a stolen base during Thursday night’s doubleheader. That gave him a .200/.351/.267 slash line through 28 games, mostly seeing time off the bench.

Jason Rogers went 1-for-4 with a single, RBI and run scored.

In Venezuela, Elvis Escobar returned to the lineup for the first time since November 27th. He was out with a lower left leg injury. He came off the bench in the sixth inning as a pinch-runner, scored a run, and then stayed in the game in left field. Escobar popped out to shortstop in his only at-bat.

In Mexico, Luis Heredia allowed one run on four hits and two walks in 2.1 innings. He had one strikeout and a 3:1 GO/AO ratio. The line is somewhat deceiving for Heredia, who allowed all three inherited runners to score in the fifth inning, after coming in with no outs and a 5-4 lead. In 16 appearances this winter, he has a 4.96 ERA in 32.2 innings.

Carlos Munoz flew out to left field as a pinch-hitter.

In Australia, Sam Kennelly played third base and went 1-for-4 with a single. His team was rained out on Friday.

In Puerto Rico, Danny Ortiz went 1-for-4 with a single.


In the Dominican, Alen Hanson went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and two runs scored. The triple was hit off Cesilio Pimentel, who the Pirates just lost in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft. Hanson returned on Wednesday night after missing a month with a wrist injury. His team was off on Thursday. Through six games, he is 4-for-23 at the plate.

Eric Wood went 1-for-4 with an RBI double. He is hitting .227 through 20 games, with three doubles, two homers and 13 walks.

Jason Rogers went 1-for-2 with his second double, an RBI and two walks. Through five games this winter, he is 3-for-17 with four walks. He has played first base in every game.

In Venezuela, Jose Osuna went 1-for-4 with an RBI double, his 13th double of the winter. Through 51 games, he has a .267 average and three homers.

In Mexico, Carlos Munoz went 1-for-5 with an RBI single. He is hitting .179/.273/.245 through 42 games.

In Puerto Rico, Danny Ortiz went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. He is batting .380 through 28 games, which leads the league in average. Ortiz is still a free agent.


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  1. John: Since coming back off the wrist injury, Alen Hanson is 3 for 8 (2 singles, 1 triple), with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. It’s the type of offense he is capable of including the SB capability, so I hope he gets a legitimate chance in 2017 at 2B.

    Interesting fact is that all 3 hits came off of lefties, and he has always been a much better hitter from the left side, with a lot more power also.

  2. This is the point where I like legit prospects such as Rogers and Wood to get home and get rested. Spend time looking in a mirror and eating moms food instead of picking up injuries and bad habits in the DR. Obviously if your from the DR you are already home but even that isn’t always the case. A Mexican playing in Venezuela is still burning the candle too low at this point.

    • Rogers hasn’t even been in the Dominican for two weeks, he’s barely had time to unpack. He already took his two months off this winter, he’s getting ready for 2017

      • Good to hear. Where do the American players stay down there? I’ve been and unless u r in a resort accommodations are rough

        • I’ve heard from players down there they make sure they stay safe, which means a lot of staying in their hotel rooms on the road. Even the players down in Venezuela said they were fine the whole time.

      • When the Rogers trade was made the organization line was “we like the bat.” He appears to have no path available with the Pirates to show that bat at the major league level unless people are traded, injured or suspended.
        John, do you think he has any trade value?

        • No, his trade value would be much lower than what it cost to acquire him. That’s mostly because he has no options left and his best role is off the bench. I think he sticks around and at the end of Spring Training, they will make some kind of decision with him. If he hits like the 2015 version, then he’s a nice bench piece. You get the 2016 version and he’d probably not make the team

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