Winter Leagues

Winter Leagues: Third Start for Nik Turley; First Game for Vielma with Pirates

PNC Park. Photo Credit: David Hague
Winter Leagues: Third Start for Nik Turley; First Game for Vielma with Pirates
John Dreker

In Venezuela, Jose Osuna went 1-for-4 with a single and two strikeouts. He played right field for the first time this winter. All of his other games have been at third base or as the DH. In his last four games, Osuna has played third base once and he didn't have any defensive plays in that game. He is hitting .299/.356/.507 through 19 games.

Elvis Escobar was used as a defensive replacement on Tuesday, playing the eighth inning in right field and the ninth inning in left field. He did not get to bat. He is hitting .278/.333/.344 through 49 games.

Engelb Vielma played his first game since the Pirates picked him up on waivers on Monday. He went 1-for-3 with a walk. He's hitting .217/.289/.261 through 25 games.

Danny Ortiz played for the first time since last Wednesday. He was used a...

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Winter Leagues
John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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