Winter Leagues: Jose Osuna Surpasses Last Year’s Hit Total

In Mexico on Sunday, Harold Ramirez played his second winter game, once again playing left field and batting third. He went 1-for-4 with a double in his team’s 6-4 loss, leaving him 2-for-9 so far this season.

Carlos Munoz was the DH again and batted sixth. In his first game, he was pinch-hit for early, drawing a walk and striking out before being replaced. He went 0-for-2 on Sunday, then walked in the seventh. He was removed at that point for a pinch-runner.

Sebastian Valle is the only player from the Pirates’ system in the Mexican League, who isn’t on Mazatlan. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Sunday. He is 1-for-8 in two games at the plate, and he’s 2-for-3 in throwing out potential base stealers.

In Venezuela on Sunday, three Pirates played in the Bravos/Cardenales games. Jose Osuna picked up his fourth hit of the season, topping his total from each of his first two winters. He started at first base for the second straight night and went 1-for-4 with his first double. Osuna got into 11 games last year in Venezuela, going 3-for-26 at the plate. He had three hits in eight games during his first year of winter ball over the 2013-14 off-season.

Junior Sosa started in center field and went 0-for-2 before being pinch-hit for in the sixth inning. For the Cardenales, Elvis Escobar came off the bench as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and struck out. He finished the game in center field. Escobar is 1-for-5 in three games.

Gorkys Hernandez went 1-for-3 with a single and a sacrifice bunt. He is 6-for-17 in five games.

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I think you need to add in your “Former Pirate birthday announcements” to these Winter League stats.

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