Winter Leagues: Jose Osuna Homers; Marte Remains Out of the Lineup

We have some late night action from Wednesday night, along with results from Thursday and Friday. I separated the players by country.

Dominican

On Friday, Anderson Feliz went 1-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored and his third stolen base. He’s hitting .270/.349/.405 through 27 games.

After leaving Tuesday’s game after one inning due to the flu, Starling Marte still hasn’t returned to the lineup. His team gave an update after last night’s game and said that he still wasn’t ready to play due to the flu.

Venezuela

In game one of a doubleheader on Friday, Jose Osuna went 1-for-3 with his second home run, a solo homer in the sixth inning. He also added a walk. Osuna played his sixth game at third base and his only play was a pop up. He has just ten total chances at third base, with six being grounders. He has committed two errors. Osuna was the DH in game two and he went 1-for-3 with a single and a run scored. He’s batting .222 through ten games, with one double, two homers and four walks.

Danny Ortiz made his winter debut and went 1-for-4 with a double in game one of a doubleheader. He was 0-for-4 in the second game. He usually plays in his hometown Puerto Rico, but the hurricane damage on the island pushed back the start of the league until January. Ortiz is a minor league free agent and the Pirates have already signed two minor league outfielders this off-season, so his return is unlikely at this point.

Australia

On Friday, Michael Suchy went 0-for-2 with two walks and an RBI in his team’s 5-4 loss. He is hitting .219/.316/.438 through nine games.

Jin-De Jhang went 0-for-3 with a walk. He is hitting .207/.258/.310 through eight games.

The Saturday doubleheader for Sydney was rained out. They will play two games on Sunday now.

Mexico

On Thursday, Carlos Munoz went 0-for-3 with a walk. He was 2-for-4 with an RBI on Friday. Munoz is hitting .265/.367/.356 through 41 games.

Colombia

In Colombia from Wednesday night, Francisco Acuna extended his on base streak to 13 games with a walk and HBP. He also scored a run. Acuna is hitting .228/.371/.298 through 18 games.

  • I think 3rd base depends to some extent to payroll. Now that the figure is at about @ 100K I doubt they will spend on anyone pricey. They are better off dealing Mercer (SD needs a short-term solution) for a prospect or 2 & using Rodriguez
    until Newman or whoever is ready at mid-season. It’s not like this club is going anyplace

  • I don’t care if it Osuna, or Luplow, or Frazier, or Harrison, the Pirates need to get some offense out of 3B. If that means they sacrifice some defense, so be it.

    • Those guys won’t get it done. Trading for Donaldson from Blue Jays for some SP’s would though.

    • You’d be sacrificing both defense AND offense compared to league average for third basemen with that list of players. We need a real third baseman, not any of those guys (except Harrison) who’ve had less than a year in the majors and haven’t played third ever in Frazier’s case, only the last two weeks in Osuna’s case and not since A ball in Luplow’s case.

      The only real internal choices at third this season are Harrison and Freese. I’d rather see Josh Bell playing center if Cutch is dealt than see Osuna or Luplow at third.

      • Westviewpirate
        December 2, 2017 11:43 am

        What aboutd a trade for any of the folowing: Oakland- Chapman; New York- Andujar or Headley; Colorado-McMahon?

        • I like all of those options much better than Osuna or Luplow, though I doubt Oakland would trade Chapman. Unless the Pirates move Harrison to third they need to get one through trade or free agency.

        • I just pimped the headley idea the other day. Freese is still plenty good vs lefties. A decent lefty (well… switch hitter who isn’t very good vs lefties like headley) would be perfect.

          And they could cut ties with both after 2018 if Hayes looks ready

          • I like the Headley idea too but it would almost force the Pirates to trade Harrison or Mercer too or else that would be a very expensive starting infield and infield portion of the bench for a team with a limited payroll.

            • yeah. They’re in a position now where for every dollar they add, they probably have to also subtract one dollar. And overall, i think dumping Harrison, adding Headley, and taking the chance on Moroff being decent as starting 2b, would be a net gain.

              They could always give up better prospects in order for the yankees to eat salary, too.

      • Any worse than we did last season? Probably not, and in the case of Luplow, he has the chance to be above league average offensively.

    • Can’t have a guy fielding 800 playing the position.

  • Another HR from Osuna – keep working this kid at 3B, light candles, and hope.

    • The only way hope wins baseball games is if that’s somebody’s last name and he smashes a go ahead homer in the ninth.

      • Excellent game by Osuna defensively Saturday night. Started an around the horn DP in the 1st, caught a popup, and threw out 2 or three others on GB’s.

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