Winter Leagues: Jason Rogers Doubles and Homers in Playoff Victory

During his first playoff game in the Dominican, Jason Rogers heard it from the hometown fans. He batted four times, coming to the plate with a total of seven runners on base and came up empty each time, once hitting into a double play. He was hearing a much better response on Thursday night. Rogers drove in a run with a double in the fourth, then came around to score. In the fifth inning, he hit a sacrifice fly. He then topped off his night with a two-run homer in the seventh inning (shown just below). Rogers’ fate with the Pirates is still undecided.

Eury Perez went 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts in his second playoff game. He had two hits and two walks in the opener.

In Venezuela, Jose Osuna went 1-for-2, with a single and two walks. In what was the last game of the regular season, Osuna attempted his first stolen base of the winter and was thrown out. He finished with a .279/.361/.387 slash line in 60 games. During his breakout winter last year, he hit .330/.395/.519 over 59 games. He slugged nine homers last winter, compared to just three this off-season.

Elvis Escobar went 1-for-5, with a single, run scored and an RBI. He finished the regular season with a .265/.280/.388 slash line in 48 games. I mentioned yesterday that Escobar showed a lot of progress compared to last winter when he was most used as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement. The playoffs in Venezuela begin on Monday night.

In Mexico, Luis Heredia allowed a run on two hits and a walk, while recording the final two outs of the ninth. This game was 1-0 with two outs in the top of the eighth, and ended up as an 11-4 game. Heredia allowed two inherited runners to score. He now has a 5.45 ERA in 34.2 innings over 19 appearances.

Carlos Munoz went 2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI. He is hitting .221/.303/.310 in 52 games.

In Puerto Rico, Danny Ortiz went 0-for-4, dropping him to a .343 average. With one game left in the season, he is tied with his teammate for the batting title. He trails that same teammate by 14 points for the league lead in OPS.

From Wednesday night in Colombia, 16-year-old Francisco Acuna went 0-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch. He is hitting .250/.400/.300 through nine games. Acuna was back at shortstop in this game after playing second base on Tuesday.

Sandy Santos struck out as a pinch-hitter. He is batting .273/.333/.273 through eight games.

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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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eric i

Off topic, but any thoughts on the Brian Dozier suggestion? Personally I think he obviously beats the hell out of Harrison. Not quite sure what the cost would be but I’m sure it wouldn’t be cheap. I guess I’d rather get Quintana with more years of control but assume he’s also cost more.

mitch t

Decent chance Rogers makes it through waivers but if so, would he want to stay with us? A AAAA bat like his should fetch a decent ringers contract as a minor-league free agent, don’t you think? KBL?


Perfect KBL player, great call.

Bill W



It’s a low scoring league. Kim Jong-il has thrown 152 perfect games the last 5 years, even while dead.

Bill W

Even when he is drunk Kim is a stud. Most players in the league average about 67 years in age.


This is what happens Pirates when you give a man consistent at-bats and don’t ruin the man’s morale & confidence when you pull the man in the 5th AFTER HITTING A TRIPLE! End of story! I’ll ridicule the “down season!”


Our lead article today is about a guy, who the club already DFA’d days ago, who had two hits in a Winter League playoff game – which may have raised his average to .200?

On a different note…is Espinal playing anywhere this Winter?


I believe even sports writers can slow down & plan for New years eve. Maybe the fan base can do the same…


No, how about focusing and writing about guys still in the organization…


Whose to say Rogers isn’t still in the organization? He’s currently trending…that’s all!

Bill Harvey

How about you start your own website and write about whatever and whomever you want.

Tim Williams

We’ll have to write about Eury Perez, Jose Osuna, Elvis Escobar, Luis Heredia, Carlos Munoz, Francisco Acuna, Sandy Santos, and Jason Rogers, who is, at the moment, still part of the organization.


Shame on Tim and John for failing to produce enthralling content on December 30th, when the baseball world is just buzzing with activity.

I demand a Best-of-2016 article regurgitating previous content and Top 10 listicle like most other outlets are putting out right now.

Tim Williams

Or nothing at all, which is what most Pirates media is writing up today.


Here’s a thought. Why not analyze the Frankie Liriano trade again? It has only been a handful of days since I read seemingly countless posts implying that the Pirates will never contend again because they traded the equivalent of Steve Carlton in his prime and got nothing for him.

Bill W

When did we trade Liriano?

Blaine Huff


But you heard it here first!

Shhhh, keep this one quiet…



Michael Sanders

Every day. It is an every day nightmare. Lol


Heredia had such upside. What happened? He sure looks like he’s done. What do the Pirates still see in him?



When he pitched in State College, he was very good. I thought we really had something there. Hmph.



I read a report somewhere (I think it had to be here) that mentioned people in the industry saying that the Pirates “handled him poorly” by constantly modifying his mechanics (i.e. Overhead vs three quarters, etc.). Was that you guys? And do you get the feeling his delivery is not where it should be at this point?

joe s

A knucklehead.


John … Along with Rogers, who else do you think will be sent through waivers (for Nova). And how long can they keep the roster at 41?


Possibly a trade that’s taking longer to complete than anticipated.


I like your thinking but I’ll act like it isn’t Quintana

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