Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Homers, Shows Improvements at the Plate

In the Dominican on Wednesday night, three Pirates players saw action for Aguilas Cibaenas. Willy Garcia went 1-for-4, with his fourth home run of the season. He is second in homers to Sebastian Valle(five) among Pirates in winter ball. He is having a winter season very similar to his regular season for Altoona, hitting .269/.314/.462 in winter VS .271/.311/.478 for Altoona. His...
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Winter Leagues: Sam Kennelly Makes Debut in Australia, Julio Vivas Impressing in Venezuela

In Australia on Friday, Sam Kennelly made his season debut and went 0-for-2 before being pinch-hit for in the eighth inning. He played second base and handled all three chances in the field cleanly. Kennelly signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012 for $225,000 and at 18 years old, he is one of the youngest players in the Australian Baseball League. What stands out about that is...
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6 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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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Two Catchers Headed in Opposite Directions

Not many Pittsburgh Pirates players saw action on Saturday night, but it is interesting to note the struggles of Tony Sanchez on both offense and defense during his first ten games of winter ball and compare that to how Sebastian Valle has performed since signing with the Pirates on November 20th. A small sample size won’t do much to change their status going into the regular season...
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11 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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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Grand Slam From Sebastian Valle, Willy Garcia Homers

In the Dominican on Saturday night, Willy Garcia went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, dropping his average down to .236 through 26 games. He did have two highlights in the game. He drew his first walk in over three weeks and he picked up his second straight outfield assist in a big spot. Garcia threw out Gustavo Nunez at second base in the sixth inning with his team up 2-0. Garcia had...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Where is the Offense?

As you will see with the bigger names listed below, there isn’t much offense going on among Pittsburgh Pirates players in winter ball. It’s still early for some of them, but no one has impressed this year like Gregory Polanco did last season, or taken a leap forward like Elias Diaz did by holding his own against better competition than he faced during the regular season last...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Sebastian Valle Reaches Base Five Times, Willy Garcia Continues Slump

Saturday night was a slow night for Pittsburgh Pirates news in winter ball, except for Venezuela. Elias Diaz went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a throwing error in his second game of winter ball. Diaz made his debut on Friday night, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Elvis Escobar pinch-ran in the eighth inning and stayed in the game as the DH. He went 0-for-1 with a run scored....
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Roster moving day

Behold, the new and…uh, not improved Pirates 40-man roster: The #Pirates 40-man roster now contains 40 players (20 pitchers, 4 catchers, 9 infielders and 7 outfielders). pic.twitter.com/hy6WDZApRO — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) November 21, 2014 The list changed quite a bit on Wednesday, as it was the deadline to protect Rule-5 draft eligible prospects by adding them to the...
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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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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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Winter Leagues: Mark Melancon Closes Out Win in Japan

In Japan on Sunday, Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth, finishing off a 6-1 win by the MLB All-Stars. He struck out two batters and all eight pitches he threw went for strikes. Melancon pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Wednesday, allowing one hit. The MLB All-Stars are taking on Japan’s national team and not doing well, losing three of the four games played so far in the...
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November 17, 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: 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 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: 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: Alen Hanson Comes Up Big in Season Debut

On Saturday night in winter ball, eleven Pittsburgh Pirates players saw action between play in Venezuela, Mexico and the Dominican. In the Dominican, Alen Hanson made his season debut and it was a great one. He went 2-for-3, collecting two singles, two walks and he scored four runs. Hanson was at second base, where he expects to play all winter. Willy Garcia also made his debut,...
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October 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Baseball America’s EL Top 20 List Offers Some Big Surprises

Baseball America released their top 20 list for the Eastern League today and two Pittsburgh Pirates players were on the list, but it’s likely not the two you would suspect. You can see the list here and when they release the scouting reports later, we will update this article with the new link and some comments. Diaz was voted the best defensive catcher in the Eastern League ...
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October 14, 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

Highlights From Thursday’s Action in the Fall Instructional League

The Fall Instructional League started this week and the Pittsburgh Pirates played their first home game on Thursday afternoon against the Yankees. We posted the schedule for the league and the roster for team one for the Pirates. A second team will begin play on Saturday and an updated roster should be out soon. No scores are kept in these Instructional League games, but I was told...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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