From the Dominican Republic on Sunday, Starling Marte went 2-for-5 with his second double and second triple of the winter. He also scored two runs and picked up an RBI. Marte is hitting .212/.277/.353 through 23 games.
Nik Turley made his second start of the winter and was impressive over five shutout innings, allowing just one hit, with no walks and four strikeouts. He allowed one unearned run over three innings in his debut last week. The Pirates picked up Turley off of waivers on November 6th. Between the majors and minors with the Twins last year, the 28-year-old lefty made 16 starts and 17 relief appearances.
Anderson Feliz went 0-for-3 with an outfield assist. He is hitting .268/.341/.390 through 29 games.
In Venezuela, Jose Osuna went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI. He played his eighth game at third base and his only play was on a line drive in the third inning, although a batter reached on an infield single to third base in the seventh. Without seeing the play, it’s impossible to say whether he had a chance at making the out. Osuna has handled 14 of his 16 chances so far cleanly, including all five on Saturday night. At the plate, he is hitting .250/.313/.455 through 12 games.
Osuna recently talked to local media (link is in Spanish) about the difficulties in adjusting to third base and how big of a difference it is from playing first base.
Elvis Escobar went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He’s hitting .287/.335/.350 through 42 games.
Danny Ortiz went 0-for-4, leaving him 1-for-15 through his first four games.
In Mexico, Carlos Munoz went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He’s hitting .259/.358/.353 through 43 games.
In Colombia on Saturday night, Francisco Acuna saw his 14-game on base streak end with an 0-for-3 game. He is now hitting .234/.372/.313 through 21 games.
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