In the Dominican on Saturday night, Starling Marte went 1-for-4 with a single and three strikeouts. He also committed his first error of the winter. Marte is batting .209/.250/.343 in 18 games, with two walks and 19 strikeouts.
Pablo Reyes went 0-for-3 with an error. He’s hitting .238/.319/.300 in 26 games.
Anderson Feliz went 2-for-4 with a walk, two singles and he drove in two runs. He also picked up an outfield assist. Feliz is hitting .271/.348/.441 in 22 games.
Jung-Ho Kang wasn’t in the lineup again and wasn’t in the daily lineup yesterday. Teams submit active rosters before each game in the Dominican, so he could be back in today. It doesn’t appear to be a good sign for his winter season though, as the player who replaced him at third base this week had to leave the team for the weekend. So even with that player gone, Kang wasn’t a bench option. He is hitting .143/.219/.202 through 24 games, ranking last in the league in all three slash line categories. His 31 strikeouts lead the league and that total is six more than any other player.
In Venezuela, Elvis Escobar went 4-for-4 and drove in two runs. He also stole his third base. In his previous ten games, Escobar went 2-for-23, so this was quite the way to break a slump. He’s hitting .273/.319/.320 in 37 games.
In Australia, Jin-De Jhang went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. He allowed his first stolen base in four attempts, although he had no chance to get this runner. I watched most of this game and Jhang didn’t even make a throw on the steal because the runner got such a big jump. At the plate through seven games, he now has a .231/.259/.346 slash line.
Michael Suchy went 3-for-5 with a long home run to center field and three RBIs. Through eight games, he is hitting .233/.303/.467 with two homers. I included video below of the Suchy homer just so you can see how far it went over the center field fence.
In Colombia from Friday night, Francisco Acuna went 1-for-3 with a triple. Through 15 games, he is hitting .244/.370/.333 and has reached base safely in 14 of those games.
In Mexico, Carlos Munoz lost his starting job recently and hasn’t played the last few games. On Saturday, he came in as a defensive replacement at first base in the seventh inning and hit a two-run double in the eighth inning, which gave his team a 4-3 lead (it was also the final score).
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