Winter Leagues: Roberto Perez Debuts; Playoff Action for the Pirates in Winter Ball

A recap of the recent action for the Pittsburgh Pirates in winter ball. Almost everything was off on New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day, so this article dates back to Wednesday’s action.

Wednesday

In Puerto Rico, catcher Roberto Perez played his first game since signing a free agent deal with the Pirates. He went 0-for-3 with a walk as the DH.

In Mexico, Randy Romero played his fourth playoff game and he went 0-for-4 at the plate. He was 1-for-10 with two walks coming into the day. His team swept the first round of the playoffs, which wrapped up on Sunday night.

Thursday

In Puerto Rico, Bligh Madris went 0-for-3 in the first game of a doubleheader. He did not play in the second game.

Friday/Saturday

nothing

Sunday

In Puerto Rico, Roberto Perez made his first start behind the plate and he had an 0-for-3 night. He’s 0-for-6 with a walk.

In the first playoff game in Colombia, Francisco Acuna went 0-for-1 with three walks and a stolen base. He hit .177/.325/.210 in 77 plate appearances during the regular season.

Tsung-Che Cheng’s team will play their first playoff game tonight. He hit .296/.389/.408 during the regular season, finishing first in the league with four triples and seventh with 24 runs, despite getting a late start to the season.

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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