Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Gorkys Hernandez in Season Finale

In Venezuela on Tuesday night, Gorkys Hernandez went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the last game of the regular season. His team finished in first place and will continue on in the playoffs starting on Saturday. Hernandez hit .261/.337/.303 in 142 at-bats. He missed five weeks with a finger injury, returning to the lineup four days ago. Hernandez had hits in each of his last four games.

In the Dominican playoffs, Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk. He is 2-for-12, with two walks and a HBP in four playoff games.

Willy Garcia went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his first playoff start. He struck out in his only other playoff plate appearance back on Saturday.

Gustavo Nunez went 1-for-5 with a single, stolen base and two strikeouts. He is 5-for-15 in four playoff games.

In Panama, Edgar Munoz went 0-for-3 in his team’s 16-1 loss.

Ashley Ponce went 0-for-3 with a walk.

In Colombia, Tito Polo scored a run in his team’s 4-3 victory. He has already received about twice the amount of playing time he had last year in Colombia, which is a good sign of the progress he has made over that time.

Usually we require more news for a winter article, but there won’t be much going on the next two days. The leagues in Venezuela, Panama, Colombia and the Dominican are completely off the next two days. Mexico is off on Wednesday and Puerto Rico has two games today(a doubleheader) though no Pirates players are on either team. The league has off on Thursday. In Australia, the league is off Wednesday and the only Thursday game won’t have any Pirates players involved. Happy New Year.

  • John – Do you know when the mini-camp in Bradenton starts?


  • Gorkys is so far down the depth chart I don’t know if he will ever see Pittsburgh as long as he is in the Pirate organization. I see him as only minor league depth. Actually he is a very good outfielder.

    • You hope you don’t see him this year with the depth they have, but if they have to go to him, you’re at least getting a strong defensive outfielder with some speed on the bases. He might be a September call-up for bench depth.