Winter Leagues: Gorkys Hernandez Helps Team to Caribbean Series

Wrapping up a few days of winter league action in one article, since there isn’t much going on at this point.

On Monday night in Mexico, Sebastian Valle went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He was 1-for-2 in throwing out base runners. His team lost 4-3, which wrapped up the finals, sending Tomateros de Culiacan to the Caribbean Series. Valle went 2-for-16 in the five games.

In Venezuela, Gorkys Hernandez went 2-for-3 with a walk, as his team lost 10-3 to Magallanes. On the opposing side, Deolis Guerra struck out the only batter he faced, finishing off his team’s win by stranding two inherited runners.

Tuesday’s Action

In Venezuela, Gorkys Hernandez continued his recent hot streak in his team’s 8-4 victory. He went 3-for-4 with two doubles, giving him four doubles in the playoffs.

The Latin American Series began in Panama on Tuesday, pitting the winners from Colombia, Panama, Nicaragua and the Veracruz League out of Mexico. Andy Vasquez scored a run, as Colombia took their opener by an 8-6 score over the Veracruz representative.

The Pirates signed Wilkin Castillo on Tuesday to a minor league deal. He played this year for Indianapolis manager Dean Treanor, who led Estrellas de Oriente in winter ball in the Dominican. Castillo played 32 games during the regular season for Escogido, hitting .275/.301/.394 in 109 at-bats , then was drafted by Estrellas for the 18-game round robin playoffs. His team advanced to the finals, but came up two wins short in the best-of-nine series that wrapped up on Sunday. Castillo hit .338 in the postseason.

Wednesday’s Action

In Venezuela, Gorkys Hernandez went 2-for-5, scoring once and driving in two runs in his team’s 8-3 win. The victory gave them the Venezuelan League title and they will now go on to the Caribbean Series. Hernandez hit .277 in the playoffs(including the round robin tournament) and he drove in 12 runs. He went 8-for-15 with four walks and a home run in the finals.

On the losing side, Deolis Guerra pitched a scoreless eighth inning, allowing two hits, with no walks or strikeouts. He finished the playoffs with a 0.00 ERA.

Andy Vasquez went 2-for-4 with a run scored on Wednesday in a win over Panama and he went 1-for-4 on Thursday, as Colombia lost to the Veracruz team.

On Friday, the Australian Baseball League playoffs began. Perth won 5-4 and Sam Kennelly got in the game late. He pinch-ran in the eighth inning for his brother Matt, then remained in the game at first base.

  • Steel City Scotty
    February 2, 2015 2:35 pm

    Anyone else realize that Gaby Sanchez and Travis Snider are now out of the organization, but the guys we traded them for (Gorkys Hernandez and Brad Lincoln) prior to the trade deadline in 2012 are back in?

  • What do you do with Gorkys if he goes to Indy and starts hitting .290 and as usual plays the hell out of CF? He’ll be taking valuable playing time away from Rojas, Decker, Broxton, Garcia, not to mention Tabata.

    • If they don’t need him in the Majors, probably trade him like they did with Chris Dickerson last year. I think Garcia starts back at Altoona due to his age and horrible BB/SO rates, and there is a DH spot at Indy. I don’t think you worry about competition in camp, if they all play good you trade one, or if one does bad, you send them to AA and there are going to be injuries. Depth is a good thing.

  • My memory is kinda fuzzy on this, somebody refresh me on why the name gorkys hernandez is stuck in my head. ( yes I know I could google it, this way is more fun)

  • I like Gorkys. Love that D.

    • The d is great but less important as it once was now that none of our three starters will be replaced for a defensive replacement, unless Willie Mayes makes a comeback

  • Lee Foo Young
    January 31, 2015 9:20 am

    Trade Gorkys while his value is at his highest!!!!!!!

    🙂 🙂 🙂

    • You mean they didn’t deal Snider to open up a spot for Hernandez?

      • John, seriously, with the way Hernandez is playing this winter (although( its at a lower level), do you see him as playing out the season at Indy
        or somewhere else?

        • I think he plays at Indy and could see time with the Pirates if multiple injuries occur, or as a bench player in September. By now, you know what kind of player he is, so I wouldn’t expect anymore out of him. He was hitting under .200 in the playoffs until the last 4-5 games(out of 24). The competition this time of year in the Dominican is actually really good. You had the two best teams, who both added strong players at the end of the year, then drafted players from teams that got eliminated. Early on, we say the Dominican is like a weak AAA level of competition, but by now it’s a weak Major League team, think recent Astros. Lots of players with MLB experience and good veteran players, plus a playoff atmosphere(this is their regular season even though we call it off-season ball)