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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. It was his second relief appearance.

Willy Garcia went 1-for-3 with a single. He has hits in all three starts and hasn’t struck out in 13 plate appearances.

Mel Rojas Jr. was in left field Wednesday. His team got beat bad, losing 11-1, but he went 1-for-2 with two walks and an outfield assist. In that same game, Wirfin Obispo threw a scoreless inning of relief. He allowed one hit.

In Venezuela, Jose Osuna played his first game in left field. He played outfield in the lower levels of the Pirates system, but only played first base in 2014 and hasn’t played outfield regularly in three years. He played one game in left field in 2013 with Bradenton and didn’t play any outfield in 2012 with West Virginia. Osuna went 1-for-3 with an RBI double. It was just his second hit in 20 at-bats.

Junior Sosa was next to Osuna in center field. He went 2-for-3 and scored on Osuna’s RBI double.

In Mexico, Mazatlan ended up winning their game in the bottom of the 14th inning. Stetson Allie went 1-for-6 with a walk and three strikeouts, before being pinch-run for in the 13th inning. Felipe Gonzalez picked up the win with two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and he struck out one batter.

Dean Anna was on the opposing side of that 14 inning game. He finished 1-for-5, with two walks and he drove in two runs. Both Allie and Anna have reached base in all ten games they have played.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
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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