Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Reaches Base Three Times as His Team Nears Elimination

In the Dominican playoffs on Sunday night, Alen Hanson went 2-for-4 with a walk, run scored and two stolen bases. His team still lost and is now of the verge of being eliminated in the round robin tournament. With five games left and only two teams advancing, the Toros are 4-9, trailing the Gigantes(10-3), Estrellas(7-6) and the Aguilas(5-8). Hanson is now 10-for-45(.222) in the playoffs.

Gustavo Nunez went 1-for-3 with a walk, run scored and he drove in two runs. He is batting .250 and is the only Pirates player to see action in all 13 playoff games.

Willy Garcia wasn’t playing much in the playoffs, going a combined 0-for-5 in his two appearances. He was sent to the bench when reinforcements came for the playoffs. Garcia is now at the Pirates voluntary mini-camp in Bradenton, which started Monday morning. Stolmy Pimentel is also in Bradenton, although he was shutdown before the playoffs started.

Gorkys Hernandez went 0-for-4, but he still helped out in his team’s win. He walked once, drove in a run and picked up two outfield assists. His team won 9-6 and moved to 6-2 in the round robin tournament.

In Panama, Edgar Munoz went 1-for-4 with a double, walk, RBI and a stolen base. He has four stolen bases in his last three games.

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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