Winter Leagues: Three Hits for Osuna; Rodriguez Continues Recent Dominance on the Mound

In Venezuela on Friday night, Jose Osuna went 3-for-4 with three singles in his team’s 4-2 loss. He was back at third base and had just one play all game, starting a 5-4-3 double play. Osuna is hitting .324/.377/.521 in 20 games this winter.

Elvis Escobar went 1-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch and an RBI. He is now hitting .278/.335/.342 through 51 games, with eight doubles, one triple and he’s 3-for-6 in stolen bases.

Engelb Vielma went 1-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt and a hit-by-pitch. He’s batting .240/.313/.307 in 27 games this winter.

In the Dominican, Starling Marte went 1-for-2 with a single, a HBP, two runs scored and his ninth stolen base in nine attempts. Marte left for a defensive replacement in the top of the fifth, though it wasn’t directly after the hit-by-pitch, which occurred in the first inning. As of early this morning, no reason was given for his removal. Marte is only scheduled to play winter ball until Thursday when the regular season ends. He is batting .277/.333/.438 through 30 games.

Richard Rodriguez, a recent minor league free agent signing, threw a scoreless inning. He gave up two hits and had one strikeout. In his last nine outings combined, he has a 0.00 ERA in 8.2 innings, allowing four hits, one walk and he has 11 strikeouts.

Anderson Feliz went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. He also stole his fourth base of the season. He is hitting .300/.358/.418 through 36 games.

In Mexico, Carlos Munoz went 1-for-3 with a single. He’s hitting .271/.371/.376 in 53 games.

In Saturday action from Australia, Michael Suchy went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the first game of a doubleheader. In game two, he went 1-for-3 with his fourth double, a walk and a run scored. Suchy is hitting .238/.333/.444 in 18 games. He was selected by the fans to participate in next week’s All-Star game.

  • John, what has Osuna”s defense at 3B been like? I would like to think of him as a serious candidate for playing time at 3B this year if NH isn’t able to add a starter there. But is he capable of league average 3B defense?

    • I hope with you…but I don’t visualize it being exactly nimble. More Pablo-esque

      • Pablo or Pedro? I’d actually take Pedro’s defense (prior to forgetting how to throw) from Osuna as a stop gap measure until someone better comes along. Relying on Freese, at his age, is a bad plan.

        • Pablo…lol. My bad. I didn’t even think about Pedro tbh.

        • I got to watch Pablo down here in Bradenton and we were all like, wth…THAT’S a professional baseball 3B??? Spring Training or not, in person it legit looked like slow-pitch softball caliber.

    • I haven’t been able to find any highlights. He has just three errors there, but it’s a fairly low fielding percentage because he’s not seeing many plays. That makes me think that he isn’t getting to many grounders, so his total chances are low. Third basemen typical get about 2.5 plays per game. He’s around 1.5

      • Thanks John. I suppose we’ll know something if the Bucs continue to work him out at 3B. It will be interesting to see if he has the nimbleness to charge a bunt, or snare a shot down the line.

  • did we bring munoz back?

  • What is Marte’s hbp per ab in the Dominican? I feel like I see that every game he plays down there. I know he gets hit a lot in MLB, but this seems like he is standing on the plate

    • once every 31 plate appearances…4 HBP in 124 PA. I think it just seems like a lot because he has left the game early every time he has been hit, returning the next day twice and one time it was due to the flu and not the HBP. We will see tonight if he’s back in the lineup, but no one said anything about last night’s HBP, so I assume it was nothing.