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Winter Leagues: Four Hits From Edwin Espinal, Rojas and Diaz Reach Base Three Times

On Saturday night in the Dominican, Edwin Espinal had a huge game. Two days earlier, the 20-year-old first baseman started for the first time this winter and collected three hits. He did himself one better in his second start, collecting four hits, scoring twice and he drove in a run. Espinal is 7-for-14 in five games. What he has done the last two starts is fairly impressive considering...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Big Game From Edwin Espinal, Bryan Sousa Makes His Debut

In the Dominican on Thursday night, Edwin Espinal made his first start of the season count. He went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and he drove in two runs. Espinal spent this season in Low-A ball, so the lack of playing time isn’t surprising considering the difference in play between Low-A and winter ball in the Dominican. He has been playing in their version of the minor...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Rule 5 Draft Live Blog

The Rule 5 draft is today at noon EST, and is usually the last big event of the Winter Meetings. I’m not sure that will be the case this year, since this has been a very active week, and there have been a lot of transactions this morning. Either way, the Dodgers will have to briefly abandon their plan of trading with every single MLB club at noon as all of the teams get together...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: The Upper Level Roster Crunch that Might Give Way This Week

I’ve been finishing up the profiles in the 2015 Prospect Guide over the last week, getting ready to send the book to the publisher on Friday. In the process, I’ve noticed a bit of a roster crunch in the upper levels when it comes to first base. The Pirates currently have more first base and outfield options than they have positions in Altoona and Indianapolis. A few of the prospects...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Joely Rodriguez Loses Shutout Streak in Third Start

In the Dominican on Sunday afternoon, Joely Rodriguez made his third start and went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks, striking out three batters. He did a good job keeping the ball on the ground, getting nine ground outs, two of them double plays. Four of the hits he allowed were also ground balls. Prior to Sunday, Rodriguez had thrown eight shutout innings...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Could Return Soon

On Friday night in the Dominican, Tony Sanchez went 0-for-3 and allowed two stolen bases in two attempts. He is hitting .107 through 28 at-bats and he is 2-for-10 in throwing out base runners in nine games. Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. His average dropped down to .237 in 114 at-bats. Willy Garcia went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He is hitting .250/.290...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Prospects Who Are Eligible For the 2014 Rule 5 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates set their 40-man roster today, adding four players and protecting those players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft on December 11th. The players on the lists below are eligible for the Rule 5 draft. When a player is eligible for the Rule 5 draft, that means any team can select him in the draft, paying $50,000 to the former team. The drafting team has to protect...
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November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Keeping Track of Today’s Pittsburgh Pirates 40-Man Roster Additions

Today is the deadline to add players to the 40-man roster in order to protect them from the 2014 Rule 5 draft. Yesterday I wrote about the protection process, along with who should be protected this year. The Pirates have until 11:59 PM EST tonight to set their rosters. In previous years, the official announcements have come anywhere from 1 PM to after 9 PM. Usually by this point...
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November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Need to Protect Players Tomorrow From the Rule 5 Draft; Who Should Be Protected?

Tomorrow is the deadline for teams to protect players from the 2014 Rule 5 draft. If you’re unfamiliar with the process, the basic rundown is that players are eligible to be selected by another team in their fourth or fifth Rule 5 draft (depending on when they signed), unless they are added to the 40-man roster. If a player was 18 or younger in his signing year, he is eligible...
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November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Update on Alen Hanson, More Hitting From Mel Rojas Jr.

We got an update on Alen Hanson’s injured right hand, which isn’t much, but that can be considered good news. Hanson will return to the United States to be reevaluated this week. I was told that there were no setbacks in his progress. Last we heard on October 30th was that Hanson would miss at least three weeks after he was hit on the right hand by a pitch. In the Dominican on...
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November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Struggles Again, Mel Rojas Jr. Doubles Again

On Friday night in the Dominican, Stolmy Pimentel made his fourth start and continued to struggle. In two innings of work, he gave up just one run, but allowed three hits and three walks. In 9.1 innings, he has given up ten runs on 16 hits and seven walks, while striking out four batters. Pimentel has now made three starts in which he failed to go longer than two innings. Wirfin...
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November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Collecting Extra-Base Hits, Tito Polo Begins Season In Colombia

On Wednesday night in the Dominican, Mel Rojas Jr. went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. More on him below. Carlos Paulino played his sixth game, coming in as a defensive replacement behind the plate in the ninth inning. He didn’t get a chance to bat. Willy Garcia had his second straight 0-for-4 game, though he didn’t strikeout, which is a small victory. Garcia is...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter League: Willy Garcia Homers, Continues Hot Streak

In the Dominican on Sunday night, Willy Garcia went 3-for-5 with a double, run scored and his first stolen base. The double was his fifth of the season. Garcia is hitting .341 in 44 at-bats. Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-5 with an RBI. He has a .258 average in 17 games and has driven in seven runs. Carlos Paulino went 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored. He has started three times in the...
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November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Gets Hit Around in the Dominican

Stolmy Pimentel is looking to make up for some lost innings this year by pitching in the Dominican, but he didn’t get much time in on Saturday night. Pimentel gave up five earned runs on six hits and a walk in 1.1 innings. He threw a wild pitch and failed to pick up a strikeout. This was the third winter start for him and his ERA now sits at 11.05 through 7.1 innings. Pimentel...
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November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: A.J. Morris Has His Best Winter Outing, Rojas Picks Up Two Hits

From Thursday’s action in Dominican winter ball, Willy Garcia walked as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, then finished the game in center field during his team’s 12-1 win. The walk was his fourth of the season and his only plate appearance of the game. Rafael Perez was on the other side of the 12-1 loss. He managed to pitch two shutout innings, allowing one walk and no hits...
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November 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Moved to Reserve List

Three days worth of winter league recaps in this article. Monday was a slow day in winter ball, with one game in the Dominican and one in Venezuela. No Pittsburgh Pirates players were active in the Dominican, but three saw action in Venezuela. A.J. Morris pitched for the first time since October 14th and did not do well in his only inning. He gave up one run on three hits and struck...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter League: Big Hits From Jose Osuna and Willy Garcia

In the Dominican, Willy Garcia went 2-for-4 with a walk, double and he drove in two runs. He played center field and made his first start since last Sunday. Garcia is 11-for-28 with three walks and four strikeouts. Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-5 with an outfield assist. He is now hitting .229 through 13 games. In Venezuela, Jose Osuna got his first at-bats since October 23rd. He went...
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November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Two More Leagues Start With a Handful of Pirates on the Rosters

There are two days of winter ball action summarized below. The Australian Baseball League started on Thursday, but there weren’t any Pittsburgh Pirates players in action. So far, only Sam Kennelly and Nick Hutchings are slated to play in Australia. The league in Puerto Rico started Thursday night as well. The rosters that have been announced so far have three Pirates minor league...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Makes His Winter Debut

In the Dominican Saturday night, Stolmy Pimentel made his winter league debut as the starting pitching for Estrellas de Oriente. He went three innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, with four strikeouts. Willy Garcia was in the opposing lineup against Pimentel. He walked in the only meeting between the two Pirates in the game. Garcia finished 2-for-3 with a double...
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October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Reaches Base Three Times Again

In the Dominican on Friday night, Alen Hanson went 0-for-3 before being pinch-hit for late in a one-sided game. He was at second base again after splitting the previous game between shortstop and second. Rafael Perez pitched against Hanson’s team and the first batter he faced was the pinch-hitter for Hanson. He got a fly ball for the final out of the seventh inning. In the eighth...
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October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: A Couple Players See Time at Their Old Positions

Wednesday night in winter ball was busy for Pittsburgh Pirates players. Ten of them saw action and we start with play in the Dominican. Alen Hanson went 0-for-4 with a walk. His team lost 4-1 in ten innings and Hanson split the game evenly between second base and shortstop, moving over after the fifth inning. Rafael Perez threw a shutout inning of relief, retiring the side in order...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Homers During Team’s 5-3 Victory

On Tuesday night in the Dominican, Alen Hanson batted lead-off and went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in the ninth inning and an RBI single earlier in the game. He reached base four times and scored four runs in his season debut on Saturday. Hanson was the designated hitter, after playing second base in his first game. In that same game, Mel Rojas Jr. also batted lead-off and played...
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October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Picks Up Two Hits in First Start

Both Sunday and Monday were quiet days in the winter leagues, with just two games played Monday and Sunday had a game postponed, plus two teams with Pirates players were scheduled off. On to the little bit of action to cover and we start with a missed at-bat from Saturday in the Dominican. Andy Vasquez struck out as a pinch-hitter late in the game for Toros del Este. It was his first...
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October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Makes Season Debut, Allie Extends Hit Streak to Six Games

The Dominican League started play on Thursday night, with Alen Hanson among the seven players on the rosters for the two teams that played on opening night. On Friday night, all six teams were expected to play, but there was one rain out. Mel Rojas Jr. played his first game for Tigres del Licey and went 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored. He played center field and was the only Pirates...
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October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Minor League Recaps and Top 10 Lists

Yesterday we completed the 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates minor league recaps, finishing with the GCL Pirates. Each recap featured notes on all of the best prospects at each level, along with a season-ending top 10 list. The lists are basically rough draft versions, which will be finalized in the 2015 Prospect Guide. Our top 50 prospects for the 2015 season will also be included in the...
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September 29, 2014  |  Discuss
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