Pirates Winter Leagues: Big Game from Chavez Young

Four Pittsburgh Pirates saw action on Wednesday. The playoff finals in Puerto Rico has three Pirates involved, while the other is playing in the finals in Colombia. 

Puerto Rico

Chavez Young had a big game, though his team still dropped a 6-4 decision. He went 3-for-5, driving in three runs, while scoring a run of his own. He also collected a double. He was involved in all four runs in the game for his team. This game was 6-2 in the first inning. The series is now tied 1-1. Young had two hits and scored two runs in the opener of the finals.

Josh Palacios went 0-for-4 with an RBI, which was the run that Young scored. Palacios had two hits and a run scored in the opener.

Tsung-Che Cheng was on the winning side, but his contribution was minimal. He played two innings as a defensive replacement at second base, handling one play, without getting a plate appearance.

Colombia

Francisco Acuna went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in his team’s 8-7 loss, which tied the series 1-1. He went 1-for-3 with a run, RBI and a walk in the opener of the finals on Tuesday.

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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emjayinTN

Young, 25, is a switchhitting CF, and did pretty good at AAA last year in the Toronto org. He played in the International League so he should be no stranger to the Pirates. Not a big offensive player for average last year, but he knows how to control the strike zone – 248 PA’s, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 5 HR, 30 Walks, only 58 K. So he puts the ball in play, knows how to work the count, and when he gets on, he knows how to steal a base – 20 of 21 SB.

On defense he played 43 games, 356 innings in CF with 6 OF Assists and only 1 error. A lot of things to like about Chavez Young, If he can take that type of game to MLB, he can be an excellent bench piece for the Pirates.

ravidesai1984

It would be pretty nice if Chavez Young became a useful player.

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