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Winter Leagues: Jose Osuna Homers; Marte Leaves After Hit-By-Pitch

In Venezuela on Tuesday night, Jose Osuna hit his first home run of the winter, a solo shot to lead-off the fourth inning. He finished 1-for-4 on the day with two strikeouts. Osuna is 5-for-27 (.185) through seven games. He played his fourth game at third base and handled two putouts and one grounder. He has two errors on eight total chances.

In the Dominican, Starling Marte was hit by a pitch in the first inning and left for a defensive replacement after running the bases. While there was no update during or after the game last night, the last time he was hit by a pitch he ran the bases, was replaced on defense, then played the next day, so it could be the team being cautious. I’m sure we will either find out more soon or he will just be back in the lineup tonight.

UPDATE: 9:22 AM: Escogido just announced that Marte left due to the flu, so apparently it had nothing to do with getting hit minutes earlier.

Pablo Reyes went 1-for-4 with a single. He’s batting .247/.320/.315 through 28 games.

Anderson Feliz went 1-for-4 with a single, giving him a .254 average through 25 games.

In Mexico, Carlos Munoz went 1-for-4 with an RBI single. After coming through with the go-ahead hit in each of his last two games, Munoz tied the score in the eighth inning with his single. His team would go on to win 6-5 in the ninth. He is batting .260/.356/.368 through 38 games.

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NMR

Jose Osuna is the type that would hit eleventy hundred dingerz in an Asian league over a decade-long career.

Blaine Huff

Orestes Destrade 2.0

Travis P

John…with sooooo many empty seats in that video, is that a norm in winter ball? Are these contracts payed almost entirely through corporate sponsorship to the best of your knowledge?

Travis P

Gotcha…appreciate the info. I normally try to figure things out on my own, but there doesn’t seem to be a ton of info on stuff like that (which I understand, but still it’s the internet..lol)

jedeweese

Yeah, I was shocked at how empty that was.

angie0399

John, I know this is not related to winter league, but I wonder if you know why BP say Tucker’s not a threat to steal 30 in the majors. I thought he’s good, fast baserunner learning how to steal more so he could use that as his weapon?

And apparently Marte left because of a flu, I think https://twitter.com/EscogidoBBClub/status/935871873711255552

piraddict

Your comment raises an interesting question. What has happened in the game that elite SB production has been cut in half? Used to be that Brock would get his 70 or Wills or Henderson would get their 100 steals in a season. Now 35 or 40 is considered exceptional. How can speed decrease over time?

angie0399

Ha! Unless there’s another player signing with KBO I’m pretty sure you’ll always beat me. 🙂

Good to know you think he has 30 steal potential. I’d imagine you saw Tucker way more than BP did. Speed is one thing but what I’ve read so far, I felt like Tucker has better instincts and intelligence in terms of baserunning. (which Frazier seems to be lacking…)

NMR

“He has the speed to steal that much and should be on base enough to get it done.”

John, please show what you’ve clocked Tucker at in your scouting of him.

angie0399

Now I understand why you added this. I only read the fantasy baseball part and now that I’m reading everything, it does says “merely average footspeed”. Wonder if his long and lean frame makes the scouts think he’s slower than his actual speed. Interesting…

Also interesting some think Tucker’s not going to stick to SS when he’s an above average defender at it :/ I’m surprised to see Newman at SS and Tucker at 2B or 3B on BA/BP writings. (I expected Newman to move to 2B once Tucker reaches the majors)

NMR

No, the actual speed at which they’ve clocked him compared to their standard scouting scales is what leads them to say he has “merely average footspeed”.

This is the easiest tool to scout. Buy a stopwatch. Click it twice.

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