Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Leaves Game With Hand Injury

In the Dominican on Sunday night, Alen Hanson singled in his first at-bat, then was hit by a pitch from Daniel Cabrera during his second plate appearance. The pitch hit Hanson on the hand and he immediately left the game. The early word on the injury was a swollen right hand, but no word on the severity of his injury or how much time he could miss.

Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-5 with an RBI. His average dropped to .233 through 30 at-bats.

Willy Garcia went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two strikeouts. He is 8-for-22 with two doubles, two walks and four strikeouts.

In Venezuela, two Pittsburgh Pirates players pitched in relief for Bravos de Margarita. Jhonathan Ramos got a double play from the only batter he faced. In three appearances this year, he has thrown 2.1 scoreless innings. Matt Nevarez followed him and threw a scoreless inning. He gave up a single and struck out one batter.

Ramon Cabrera went 0-for-4 and he is now hitting .167 through 42 at-bats. All seven of his hits are singles and he has a .422 OPS.

Julio Vivas threw two pitches on Sunday, got one fly ball and picked up the win. He has pitched three times and hasn’t allowed a hit or walk in 1.2 innings.

In Mexico, Stetson Allie went 2-for-4 with two strikeouts. He has reached base in all 13 games, with hits in 12 of those contests. He is batting .308 in 52 at-bats, though he has struck out 18 times. Allie has a .765 OPS.

Eduardo Vera made his second appearance, giving up two runs on three hits, no walks and two strikeouts in two innings. Vera was in the GCL this year, so the Mexican winter league is a big jump for him and he likely only saw time because the game was already out of hand.

Dean Anna went 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Anna has been the best hitter among Pirates players in winter ball so far, batting .347 with a .508 OPS and 14 walks in 14 games. He has reached base in each of his 13 starts.


  • John: I realize that the Venezuelan and Dominican Leagues are the best and the others are at least one step down, but Dean Anna has been impressive with a .347 average, 4 doubles, 8 RBI, and 14 Walks to only 9 K’s.

    • The league in Mexico is also a little more offense-oriented, so a player with major league experience should do well, but he is doing better than could be expected at this point. If he keeps it up, then he is someone you keep an eye on for the utility role next year, or he could be a Rule V draft pick since he won’t be protected. Right now, it’s interesting to see if he can keep it up and if he does, then you start thinking bigger and better things than just AAA depth

  • Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Oscar Tavares who died in a traffic accident today. I was looking forward to years of rooting against him, but what a shame to lose such a talent.

    • Scott Kliesen
      October 27, 2014 5:19 am

      Yes indeed, my heart hurts for the families of Oscar Tavares and his 18 year-old girlfriend who perished as well. A harsh reminder we are all day-to-day, no matter how healthy, wealthy or wise we claim to be.

    • PiratesForever
      October 27, 2014 3:53 pm

      I couldn’t say it any better.