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Winter Leagues: Two Hits Apiece for Oliva and Sanchez

Here’s a look at Thursday’s action around winter ball for members of the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was a light day, as both the Dominican league and Colombian league were off. All of the leagues will be in action on Friday, including Australia, which should lead to a busy article for Saturday morning.

In Venezuela, Ali Sanchez went 2-for-3 with a run and a walk. He has a .217 average and a .514 OPS in limited time.

Diego Castillo went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk. He played right field and committed an error. He has a .225 average and a .702 OPS in 13 games.

In Mexico, Jared Oliva went 2-for-5 with two singles, two runs scored and his ninth stolen base. He is batting .275 with a .729 OPS in 29 games.

Fabricio Macias went 1-for-5 with a single, run scored and an RBI. He’s hitting .246 with a .635 OPS in 30 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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skliesen

Question John. How much say do the Pirates have in which league the players play in, which position, and how often they play?

I know in the DR this is the equivalent of their ML season, so I would imagine they care more about winning than player development. Thanks in advance for your insights.

leefieux

Ali! Ali! Ali! Oh wait…….wrong sport.

roberto

But amusing.

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