Winter Leagues: Francisco Acuna Reaches Base Four Times; Reyes Continues Recent Hot Streak

In the Dominican on Tuesday night, Starling Marte went 0-for-3 with a walk, RBI and a run scored. Through 15 games, he has a .185 average, with one double, one triple and two homers. The walk was his second of the season.

Pablo Reyes continued his recent mini stretch of success by going 2-for-4 with a run scored and his first stolen base. His average is now up to .268 through 23 games and he is hitting .333 in his last eight games.

Anderson Feliz flew out to left field as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. He is 4-for-28 with 11 strikeouts in his last nine games.

Jung-Ho Kang was on the bench for the second straight day.

In Mexico, Christian Navarro made his first winter start and he was facing former Pirate Zack Dodson, who had the third best ERA in the league coming into the day. Navarro was 1-for-4 through nine games prior to Tuesday night. Against Dodson, he grounded out to second base and struck out. After Dodson left, Navarro drew a walk to lead-off the seventh inning, leaving him 0-for-2 with a walk.

Carlos Munoz went 2-for-4 with two singles. He is hitting .261 through 34 games, with a 14:11 BB/SO ratio.

In Colombia, Francisco Acuna had his first big day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two singles, two walks and a run scored. Through 13 games, he is now hitting .189/.348/.216, with a double and eight walks. He has reached base safely in 12 of his 13 games. During the regular season in the DSL, Acuna reached base safely in 50 of 58 games, with sacrifice hits in three of those eight games in which he didn’t reach.

  • How is Acuna as a fielder, John? Any hope of a future Ozzie in the system?

  • Reyes doing his best effort to get taken in the Rule 5 🙂

    For the record, what exactly is the description of his defense?

    SS: good-enough range but bad arm? How much better is… say… Newman?
    2b: good?
    CF: ???

    I’m really sorry i talk about Reyes so much haha. for some reason i just really have a feeling he’s going to be a good player (especially if he grades decently at SS and/or CF).

    (for the record, Steamer thinks that both Reyes and Newman would put up replacement level seasons if thrown in for 600 PA in 2018, having Reyes as the slightly better hitter and having Newman as the slightly better defender)

    • Reyes can play SS, but he tends to make mental mistakes or sometimes try to do too much. The tools are there to play the spot though, but I can’t see anyone using him there full-time. Second base he would be slightly above average. Center field is still a learning experience. He has the speed/quickness for it, but very little time in at the spot.

      I’d be shocked if he is taken in the Rule 5. Teams aren’t looking for a cheap bench option unless they can step right into that role. They are looking for someone who can be a key piece down the line. That’s not him.