In Mexico on Saturday night, Luis Heredia had a disastrous outing, walking all three batters he faced. He was coming off a game in which he walked two batters and hit another, without recording an out. In those two games combined, he threw just four strikes out of 25 pitches. All three runners ended up scoring on Saturday, leaving Heredia with five earned runs and no outs in the last two games. He has a 10:2 BB/SO ratio in 9.2 innings this winter.
Felipe Gonzalez, who was one of 19 Pirates’ players who became minor league free agents on Friday, had a tough outing before Heredia came out for Mazatlan. Gonzalez was on the reserve roster the last week, getting activated for this game. He allowed three runs on two hits and one walk, while recording just one out.
Carlos Munoz went 1-for-4 with a single. He’s hitting .295 through 22 games, with a 1.015 OPS.
In Venezuela, Jose Osuna went 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored. He raised his average to .371 through 26 games. His winter is showing the progress he has made since last year. In Venezuela last off-season, Osuna went 3-for-26, barely playing in the second half. He was young for the league and over-matched. This season he is one of the best players in the league, yet he is still young for the league.
Julio Vivas had some control issues too. He faced two batters and walked one, hit the other, while also throwing a wild pitch. It’s his second straight tough outing. He gave up four runs on four hits in his last appearance.
Gorkys Hernandez went 3-for-4 with three singles and a walk. He was caught stealing for the fourth time. Hernandez is hitting .302 in 25 games.
All three games in the Dominican on Saturday were rained out.