Winter Leagues: Quick Update on the Pirates Winter League Action

Once the winter leagues really get going, we will have as many recap articles as possible without stretching to post an article like I am doing right now. This is just an update of the last week in Mexico and a reminder of the dates for each league to start. In the past, we have averaged about 4-5 articles per week throughout the winter action until it gets light near the end, then we usually do a weekend recap. Anyway, we have a new Pittsburgh Pirates prospect in action in Mexico, and I re-posted the schedule from last week’s update article.

Fabricio Macias made his debut this week and he has now played five games after coming into Saturday night’s game in the eighth inning as a pinch-runner. Interestingly enough, he pinch-ran for former Pirates prospect Tito Polo, who unless he got injured on the play, is faster and a better defender than Macias in center field. Macias went 2-for-17 with two singles and a stolen base in his first four games. He laid down a sacrifice bunt in his only plate appearance on Saturday, but it put the winning run on second base and his team won in ten innings on a walk-off single.

Randy Romero went 1-for-3 with two walks and a run scored on Saturday night. It was his tenth game of the season. He’s now hitting .375/.422/.425 in 45 plate appearances, with two doubles and three steals. It’s a really intriguing start from a player who was in the FCL this season, and is known more for his speed/defense/arm.

Here are the league Opening Days:

Venezuela – October 23rd

Dominican – October 27th

Nicaragua – November 4th

Puerto Rico – November 6th

Colombia – November 11th

Panama – December 9th

Australia – mid-December (date not set yet)

Judging by those dates, expect winter league articles to pick up around October 28th, since the league in Venezuela probably won’t have much to talk about right away. If it does, then the date will move up a few days.

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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