In the Dominican on Monday, Jason Rogers joined the Tigres del Licey roster. He played for the same team last year, hitting .272/.316/.388 in 38 games. Rogers was added to the Licey roster on Monday, though he wasn’t in the starting lineup. The game ended up getting rained out.

Rogers spent most of the 2016 season in Indianapolis after being acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers last off-season. He hit .080/.303/.160 in 23 games for the Pirates, with just three of those games being starts. Rogers is out of options this upcoming season, so he will need to make the Major League roster on Opening Day.

As far as action on Monday night, just four Pirates took the field, as most of winter ball had off. All four players were in the Dominican.

Eric Wood went 1-for-3, with a single, walk and a strikeout. He also scored a run and stole his first base of the winter. Wood started the game in left field and left for a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. He’s played more left field than third base and first base combined this winter. Wood is batting .235 through 11 games, with a double, homer and eight walks.

Pablo Reyes started at second base and went 2-for-3 with two singles, an RBI and a walk. He raised his average to .347 through 16 games.

Willy Garcia went 2-for-4, with a double, a walk and a strikeout. The double is his first extra-base hit of the winter. He is hitting .229 through 15 games.

Cesilio Pimentel retired two of the three batters he faced, one by strikeout. He also issued a walk, which was stranded on first base by a reliever. Pimentel has made three appearances this winter, throwing a total of three scoreless innings.

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  1. This Rogers guy, seemed to have a nice career
    going in AAA, how could he really be as bad as
    he was when played for the Pirates?

  2. John … anyone mention what went wrong with Rogers last year? I know he was blocked in the majors but his MiLB stats were pretty bad, too.
    Also, with Kang’s status up in the air the path to 3B seems a little more achievable for Wood now (if he doesn’t get drafted).

    • May have had to do with his usage, sometimes players press to get back to the majors. He started off great, which got him promoted in April. Then didn’t do much with the Pirates, struggled when he went back. Started hitting in June, got called up for two days, went back down. Came back up in September after a horrible August which dragged his stats down.

      He had a .786 OPS through his first 89 games. That’s well above the .697 league average and Indianapolis has one of the tougher hitter parks, so he wasn’t actually doing bad until those last 26 games

    • As far as Wood…ugh.

      I’d’ve liked the Pirates to have protected him to see what he could do this season in the minors.

      I had a little panic last night when I saw the Reds cut Renda and now have two open spots on their 40-man just days before the draft.

      I think Rogers would be a fine bench piece/spot starter, but the Pirates never should have acquired him in the first place.

  3. I hope the Pirates don’t need Rogers to play in Pittsburgh for any extended period…it would be a bad sign if he did…

  4. Big winter for Rogers… Hopefully he performs. I’d think the various Kang issues could play a significant part in his Pirates future. If Kang is out for whatever reason, Freese could man third and rogers man first, at least to start the year.


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