Tuesday’s action in winter ball for the Pittsburgh Pirates was all playoff games. We have a recap from the one game in Colombia and two games in Puerto Rico, plus we had a new player added to our coverage.
During his first day as a member of the Pirates, Chavez Young went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and an RBI in his team’s 6-1 win. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the first playoff game, then followed it up with an 0-for-4 game in which he drew a walk. He played 13 regular season games in Puerto Rico, putting up a .289/.385/.422 slash line in 52 plate appearances.
Tsung-Che Cheng went 1-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs in his team’s 4-3 loss in 12 innings. He went 2-for-5 with a sac bunt in the first two playoff games.
Josh Palacios went 1-for-5 with a run scored. He went 2-for-7 with a double, homer and a walk in his first two playoff games.
The playoffs started on Tuesday in Colombia, with Andres Alvarez and Francisco Acuna on opposite sides, playing each other’s teams in a best-of-five series. The winner will go on to play the first place team in the league finals.
Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a single, walk and a stolen base in his team’s 6-3 loss.
Acuna went 1-for-4 with a single on the winning side.
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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.