Winter Leagues: A Recap of the Week in Winter Ball

Here’s the winter league recap for the Pittsburgh Pirates in winter ball.


In Puerto Rico, Bligh Madris went 0-for-3 with a walk.

In the playoffs in Colombia, Francisco Acuna went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. Tsung-Che Cheng did not play on Monday or Tuesday.


In Mexico, Randy Romero went 0-for-3 in the first playoff game of the second round before leaving for a pinch-hitter.


In Mexico, Randy Romero came off the bench and went 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored. He did not play on Friday or Saturday.

Nothing happened on Thursday…


In Puerto Rico, Michael Perez  flew out as a pinch-hitter in his first playoff appearance on Friday. He hit .178/.403/.311 in 14 games during the regular winter season. On Saturday, Perez went 2-for-4 with two singles.

On Friday in Colombia, Francisco Acuna went 1-for-4 with a single. On Saturday, he had a 1-for-3 night, with a double and an RBI.

Tsung-Che Cheng played his first playoff game on Saturday and he went 2-for-4 with two singles and a run scored.

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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