Winter Leagues Recap: 11/11

In Winter League action yesterday, Benji Gonzalez made his first start for Leones de Ponce, batting ninth and playing shortstop. He went 1-for-4, with a stolen base, a run scored and he turned two double plays.

In Dominican League action, Oscar Tejada went 0-for-1 with a strikeout, while Anderson Hernandez went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. Neither Starling Marte, nor Gregory Polanco played yesterday, while Alen Hanson hasn’t played since November 2nd.

In the Venezuelan Winter League game between Aguilas del Zulia and Bravos de Margarita, Pirates pitchers finished off the game for both teams. Newly signed minor league free agent, Ryan Reid, threw a scoreless ninth to wrap up the 10-3 win, striking out two of the three batters he faced. On the other side, Jhonathan Ramos recorded the final two outs, but not before allowing one run on two hits. Ramos has struggled in his six outings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk over 3.2 innings.

Also in the VWL, Darren Ford went 1-for-4 yesterday with three strikeouts and his seventh stolen base. He has a .253/.345/.313 line in 99 AB’s.

The Australian Baseball League has off today. A recap of their game from yesterday can be found here.

Neither Pirates player currently in the Mexican League(Ali Solis and Jovany Lopez) played yesterday.

  • Marte has played quite a bit. Having a really good year over 300 hundred BA with a number of walks. Single A guys tend never to play to much unless they are total studs.

  • Well at least we know that Hansen and Polanco shouldn’t be overworked heading into high-A next year. Marte as well, seems like he should be very fresh for Spring Training.

    • The season still has five weeks and then playoffs so there is plenty of time for them to play. The experience is good for the younger players and because these teams carry 50 or so players throughout the year, they might not even be with the team all season. Usually the better players will play more near the end, so expect more time for Marte. It is actually impressive that Polanco has played so much already, usually the rosters are filled with present and former major leaguers, along with minor league vets. You have to be a pretty good single-A player to get any playing time, but as I said, the experience is immeasurable. Caribbean Winter League games are events, they aren’t anything like playing in front of minor league crowds