Winter Leagues: Escobar Comes Through in a Big Spot; Quinones Makes His Winter Debut

On Sunday in Australia, Robbie Glendinning went 1-for-4 with a single and a run scored. Through his first two weeks of winter action, he’s hitting .344/.462/.469 in eight games. He has eight RBIs and has scored 11 runs.

Michael Suchy extended his on base streak to 15 games, going 1-for-2 with a double, run scored and a HBP. He left for a pinch-runner in the fourth inning after getting hit in the helmet with a pitch. Suchy was down for about three minutes before walking off the field without any help, though he still looked shaken up a few minutes later while on the bench. In 27 games, he has a .273/.362/.485 slash line.

Sam Street made his third appearance and allowed one run over one inning. He allowed a solo homer and struck out one batter. Street threw a total of 5.1 shutout innings in his first two outings.

In Venezuela, Elvis Escobar came through with a bit hit in his team’s 7-3 win on Sunday. In the top of the ninth, he hit a bases loaded triple. He also had a single, walk, stolen base and a run scored. Escobar is 6-for-18 with four walks in five playoff games.

Engelb Vielma went 2-for-3 with his second double of the playoffs. He also had a sacrifice bunt and a run scored. He’s now 5-for-16 (.313) with a walk, three runs scored and an RBI in five playoff games.

In Puerto Rico, 32nd round pick Hector Quinones made his winter debut, joining Robbie Glendinning as the rare draft picks playing winter ball in their first year of pro ball. That hasn’t happened for the Pirates in at least ten years. Quinones pitched 1.1 innings, allowing one run on one hit, with no walks or strikeouts.

In Mexico, Jerrick Suiter was on the bench until pinch-hitting in the eighth inning with the game out of hand. He was pinch-hit for on Saturday night in the sixth inning after starting the playoffs by going 1-for-12 at the plate. Suiter struck out in his only at-bat on Sunday. His team lost, which likely means his winter is over (teams can draft players to strengthen their roster for the next round). If his winter is over, Suiter went 7-for-43 (.163) with one double and seven walks in 13 games in Mexico.

Carlos Munoz went 0-for-3, giving him a .125 average in the playoffs.

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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I hope Escobar makes the Pirates’ MLB roster some day just so we can all chuckle when he homers and the scoreboard lights up with “Elvis has left the building!” Then, when he reappears for the hat-tip, he can grab a mike and say, “Thank you. Thank you very much.’ Okay, I’m done now.

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