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Winter Leagues: Nik Turley Makes His Winter Debut in the Dominican

In the Dominican on Monday night, Nik Turley made his winter debut as a starter for Estrellas Orientales and went three innings. The 28-year-old lefty allowed one unearned run on two hits and a walk, while picking up four strikeouts. Two of those strikeouts came against Alen Hanson, who also just started playing winter ball. Turley was picked up off of waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Minnesota Twins back on November 6th. He made five starts for Estrellas last winter.

Starling Marte went 1-for-5 with a run scored and his third stolen base. He has now played 20 games this winter and has a .197/.244/.316 slash line, with a 3:21 BB/SO ratio.

Pablo Reyes went 2-for-5 with a single, double and a run scored. It was his fourth double of the winter. He has a .247/.323/.318 slash line through 27 games.

Anderson Feliz went 1-for-4 with a single. He’s hitting .254/.329/.413 through 23 games.

If you somehow missed it from yesterday morning, Jung-Ho Kang was released from his team in the Dominican.

In Venezuela, Elvis Escobar went 1-for-4 with his seventh double. He also had a walk and a run scored. Escobar is hitting .287/.333/.353 in 39 games.

In Colombia on Sunday night, Francisco Acuna went 1-for-4 with a single, extending his on base streak to 11 games. He has reached base safely in 16 of his 17 games this winter. Acuna has a .250/.371/.327 slash line in 62 plate appearances.

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Any relation to Bob Turley?


Bullet Bob who pitched for the Yankees against the Bucs in the 1960 WS.


what is the rule of thumb for how good the pitching is in this league? AAish? AAAish? a mish mash of both?


I had just read down to the Feliz update, so I meant the Dominican and didn’t see that other countries were mentioned. Sorry for the confusion, and thanks!

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