Winter Leagues: Heredia Picks Up First Save, Ramirez Dropped From Roster

In the Dominican on Sunday night, Mel Rojas Jr. has apparently gained some respect after three homers in two days. He went 0-for-2 with three walks and a run scored. He had one walk in his first nine games.

Andrew Lambo went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He’s 3-for-29 through eight games.

Edwin Espinal was used as a ninth inning defensive replacement at first base. He did not get a chance to bat. In six games, he is 3-for-13 with a home run.

Josh Wall threw two scoreless innings, allowing one hit, no walks and he struck out three batters.

Gustavo Nunez went 0-for-3 with a walk for the third straight night. He’s hitting .222 through 12 games.

In Venezuela, Jose Osuna went 2-for-4 with two singles. On Saturday, he had his 19-game on base streak snapped. Through 21 games this season, he has a .375 average, with six doubles and two homers.

Gorkys Hernandez went 0-for-3 with two walks, two stolen bases and a run scored. He has a .276 average and three steals.

In Mexico, Carlos Munoz went 0-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch and run scored in game one of a doubleheader.

Luis Heredia pitched in game two of the doubleheader, making his first appearance since he threw 2.2 innings last Sunday. He was brought in with his team up 4-1 and had a solid inning in the sixth, throwing seven of his nine pitches for strikes. Heredia recorded two ground ball outs and one fly out. In the seventh, he got a strikeout, then gave up a double. Heredia allowed an RBI single, with the batter getting thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. The next batter grounded out to third to end the game and give Heredia his first save of the winter and first of his pro career. He threw 24 pitches, 17 for strikes.

Harold Ramirez has been taken off the active roster for Mazatlan, replaced by longtime Major League infielder Brendan Harris, who spent the 2015 season in the Detroit Tigers’ system. It’s possible that Ramirez could be headed to his home country of Colombia, where the regular season starts on November 13th and exhibition games begin on Friday. Ramirez has played the last two winters in Colombia. If he is done in Mexico, he finishes with a .245/.268/.321 slash line in 15 games. He has one walk and 11 strikeout, with a caught stealing in his only stolen base attempt.

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