In Venezuela, Jose Osuna received his suspension for his fight over the weekend with Bruce Rondon of the Detroit Tigers. Osuna has been suspended for six games, receiving a bigger penalty than some others involved in the fight because he took his helmet off and swung it at Rondon. An interesting side note to the suspension is that it could cost him the Rookie of the Year award, since he won’t be playing for a week. He has been mentioned among the top three choices due to his .330/.393/.503 slash line in 53 games.
In Colombia, Harold Ramirez is leading the league in OPS through 22 games. He has a .397/.478/.534 slash line in 58 at-bats, with four doubles, two triples, five walks and he’s been hit by a pitch five times. The only downside seems to be his 0-for-3 in stolen bases. Ramirez began the year playing winter ball in Mexico, but his team let him go after a .245/.268/.321 line in 15 games. The league in Mexico is tougher competition, so it would have been nice to see him do well there, but he has offset that by being the best hitter in Colombia.
Tito Polo is hitting .295/.400/.508 in 61 at-bats. He’s fourth in slugging, first with three triples, and sixth with 13 runs scored. Polo went 0-for-2 during the All-Star game over the weekend.
No player from the Pirates saw action on Monday. As for action on the field on Tuesday, starting in the Dominican, where Pedro Florimon went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. He’s hitting .207 in 87 at-bats, with 31 strikeouts.
Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-1, grounding out as a pinch-hitter. While he has shown some power this winter, he’s down to a .231 average through 108 at-bats.
In Venezuela, A.J. Morris got the start and went four solid innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits and no walks, with two strikeouts. He now has a 3.27 ERA in 33 innings. He has also put up an impressive 2.84 GO/AO ratio.
Elvis Escobar grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and finished the game on defense in right field. He is 5-for-16 in 22 games this winter.
Jhondaniel Medina threw two shutout innings, allowing two hits and no walks, while picking up one strikeout. He has a 1.80 ERA in ten innings over 11 appearances.
In Puerto Rico, Danny Ortiz went 1-for-4, with a single and an RBI. He is hitting .198 through 32 games.
In Mexico, Carlos Munoz went 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s now hitting .261 through 157 at-bats.
Sebastian Valle went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. He is hitting .212/.250/.354 in 27 games.