Thursday’s winter league action with Pirates’ players and friends:
Toros del Este 8, Estrellas de Oriente 6
Following his two hit game on Wednesday night, Matt Hague had another interesting game for the Bulls. Hague went 1-for-1 with a run scored, and walked four times in the 8-6 victory. Pedro Ciriaco started at shortstop and went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Tim Wood pitched an inning, allowing an unearned run on one walk, with one strikeout. New Pirates prospect Jose Diaz got the win, throwing a shutout inning, allowing one walk and striking out one.
Navegantes del Magallanes 7, Leones del Caracas 2
Ramon Cabrera went 1-for-4 with a strikeout for the Lions. Former Pirate Jose Ascanio pitched a shutout inning, allowing just one hit.
Cardenales de Lara 3, Caribes de Anzoategui 2
Gorkys Hernandez was the only Pirates prospect who played, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout as the starting center fielder.
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
Leones de Ponce 4, Indios de Mayaguez 2
Jeremy Farrell went 0-for-4 with a strikeout as the only current Pirate to play. Former Pirates prospect R.J. Rodriguez pitched a shutout inning for the Lions, converting his sixth save of the year.
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.