Winter Leagues: Ten Pirates See Action Across Winter Ball

In Australia, Ji-Hwan Bae saw his team lose by a record-setting margin in a 25-4 game. He didn’t start, but came into the game in the sixth as a pinch-hitter and went 0-for-2. He showed off his impressive speed in the second at-bat, hitting a grounder to first base, where the first baseman was going to attempt a throw to second base, but lost the handle on the ball and decided to go for the sure out. Even though the 1B quickly recovered and was near the bag, Bae easily beat the play at first base. The strange part about this game, which is why I watched the replay in the first place, was the Bae played the final three innings at first base. The have another player with the last name Bae, so until I saw video proof, I figured the other Bae played first base. Ji-Hwan Bae is hitting .300/.400/.633 in nine games.

Robbie Glendinning had a rough game in his team’s 3-1 loss. He started at shortstop and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He’s hitting .294/.333/.588 in nine games.

Jerrick Suiter went 0-for-2 with a walk in his team’s shutout loss. He is hitting .257/.316/.286 in ten games.

In the Dominican, Williams Jerez allowed one run on two hits, with no walks and one strikeout, in one inning of work. In 13 appearances, he has a 3.48 ERA in 10.1 innings, with 11 strikeouts.

In Mexico, Fabricio Macias went 0-for-3 with his fourth stolen base. The opposing starting pitcher was Brandon Cumpton, who tossed two-hit ball over six shutout innings. Macias is hitting .257/.303/.347 through 35 games.

Randy Romero made a rare appearance after playing more often early in the year. He was used as a ninth inning pinch-runner in his team’s 4-1 loss. He is hitting .185/.214/.222 in 19 games.

In Puerto Rico, Yacksel Rios picked up the save in his team’s 13-inning win. He tossed a scoreless inning on one hit, one walk and two strikeouts. It was his second appearance of the winter. He gave up one run in one inning during his debut.

In Colombia, Luis Escobar pitched three innings of relief and allowed one run on two hits, on walk and two strikeouts. He has a 4.22 ERA in 10.2 innings over two starts and three relief appearances.

Francisco Acuna went 1-for-4 with a single and a stolen base. He is hitting .321/.433/.358 in 17 games. He is 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts.

Edgar Barrios (pictured above) went 0-for-5 and scored a run. He’s hitting .188/.250/.188 in 18 games.

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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.

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