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Winter League: Big Hits From Jose Osuna and Willy Garcia

In the Dominican, Willy Garcia went 2-for-4 with a walk, double and he drove in two runs. He played center field and made his first start since last Sunday. Garcia is 11-for-28 with three walks and four strikeouts.

Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-5 with an outfield assist. He is now hitting .229 through 13 games.

In Venezuela, Jose Osuna got his first at-bats since October 23rd. He went 1-for-3 with a two-run double and a walk, plus he scored a run. Osuna slumped early in the year, going 2-for-22 and before Sunday’s game, he had only appeared as a late game defensive replacement in the last week.

Jhonathan Ramos retired the only batter he faced. In six appearances, he has thrown 4.2 scoreless innings.

Matt Nevarez retired all three batters he faced. In ten appearances, he has a 1.59 ERA over 11.1 innings. He has given up five hits and hasn’t walked a batter.

Ramon Cabrera had a pinch-hit RBI single in the ninth inning. It was his second straight game with a pinch-hit RBI single. He is batting .191 and all nine of his hits are singles.

Julio Vivas struck out the only batter he faced. He had made five appearances, throwing a total of three shutout innings. Vivas has allowed one hit, he has hit a batter and recorded two strikeouts.

In Mexico, Stetson Allie pinch-hit in the ninth inning and had an RBI ground out. In 17 games, Allie has a .276/.382/.328 slash line, with three doubles and five RBIs.

Felipe Gonzalez retired both batters he faced, one by strikeout. He came into the game with two runners on and allowed one to score on a sacrifice fly. Gonzalez has made nine appearances, posting a 2.89 ERA in 9.1 innings, with nine strikeouts.

Carlos Munoz struck out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, then stayed in the game on defense at first base. He has struck out in both of his at-bats this year.

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IC Bob

I have never seen Garcia play but it appears he is getting better as he faces tougher competition. He has power and seems to drive the ball. At least in Winter Ball he has cut back on his K rate and increased his walk rate. Though he is far from a finished product it would be awesome if he started to figured it out and gave the Bucs yet another outfield prospect

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