Winter Leagues: Busy Night for Altoona Curve Outfielders

Three current Pittsburgh Pirates were in action yesterday and strangely enough, all three were outfielders for Altoona this season. As recently as September 2nd, they were the three starting outfielders for the Curve in the same game. A fourth outfielder for Altoona could have played last night as well, but there was a little trouble at his home stadium early in the game (see video below) and the game was postponed.

After taking last week off due to the All-Star break and Christmas, the Australian league resumed play on Thursday. Michael Suchy went 1-for-5 with a single and a run scored in his first game back. He is now hitting .250/.341/.431 through 20 games. He has a seven-game hit streak.

In Venezuela, Elvis Escobar went 1-for-4 with a single. He is hitting .260/.316/.316 in 59 games. There are two games left in the regular season and his team is in first place, so they will continue on into the playoffs.

In Mexico, Jerrick Suiter was the hero on Christmas night for Mazatlan, but had a tough night on Wednesday in an extra innings loss. He went 0-for-5 with a walk and three strikeouts. Through five games, he is 4-for-22, with a double, two walks, eight strikeouts and a .477 OPS. He has played four games as the DH and one at first base.

Carlos Munoz went 3-for-5 with a run scored. He is hitting .273/.368/.371 in 62 games. He remains a free agent, although I heard last week that there was interest from one AL team wanting to sign him.

A day after Escogido got rained out, they could have used some rain. During their playoff game on Wednesday, part of the stadium caught on fire and postponed the game. Current Pirate Pablo Reyes was there at the game, along with minor league free agent Anderson Feliz (he actually played 21 games in the outfield this year for Altoona, so add a fifth player). All of the players were fine. Here’s video of the incident, with the worst part of the fire showing up near the end of the video.

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.

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