Winter Leagues: Two Hits for Jerrick Suiter on Friday; Nik Turley Gets Added to Playoff Roster

We have winter league results from the last two days here and Saturday was just two players of note as three leagues took off for a Christmas break. We lost a lot of the big names with Starling Marte, Jose Osuna and Jin-De Jhang being shut down recently, so future winter updates will be spread out a little covering multiple days each time unless some big news happens.

In Mexico on Friday, Jerrick Suiter went 2-for-4 with two singles in his second winter game. He went 0-for-4 in his debut on Thursday.

Carlos Munoz went 0-for-3.

In Colombia, Francisco Acuna went 1-for-4 with a single. He has reached base safely now in 28 of his 32 games. Acuna is hitting .237/.368/.309, with five doubles, a triple and he’s 3-for-3 in stolen bases.

In Venezuela, Elvis Escobar started in center field and went 0-for-4. He’s now hitting .260/.317/.318 through 58 games.

The round robin playoffs begin in the Dominican on Tuesday. Each of the four teams plays 18 games, with six games against each team. The league held a draft on Friday, where the four teams that made the playoffs, were able to strengthen their roster by selecting players from the two teams that didn’t make the playoffs. Nik Turley was added to the Licey roster, while Anderson Feliz was added to the Gigantes roster.

Saturday

Jerrick Suiter played his third game and went 0-for-6 with three strikeouts in a 14-inning loss. He had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the 14th, but struck out to end the game against Casey Coleman, who has spent parts of four seasons in the majors. Suiter is now 2-for-14 through three games.

Carlos Munoz popped out as a pinch-hitter in the 14th inning. He’s now hitting .269/.365/.371 through 60 games. It sounds like he might sign with an AL team soon, so he may not be part of our winter coverage for much longer.

  • Merry Christmas, John and Tim. Thanks for the great work you guys do keeping us informed so we can bash the Pirate management more effectively.

  • Just read in Baseball America that the Yankees have now signed 5 of the top 20 international prospects for the 2017 signing period. How the F can that be possible? I thought the Yankees had a limit on signing bonuses being imposed on them by MLB. The Pirates had more money then the Yankees to spend and signed the lesser potential quality players and please don’t give the rebuttal that you don’t know what you get with a 16 year old kid. Way to go Pirates, that is why the team will never win or be competitive. This organization is in shambles and no one seems to care.

    • I read that they had just announced the signing of two more building blocks from the International Market, using money they had remaining from not signing Ohtani. They have a multitude of prospects at every level of the minors who will help keep the Yankees on top either as Yankee players or pitchers, or as trade bait to get what they want when they need it. Thank the Cubs and Indians who both traded plenty of prospect talent to get Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller.

      The Pirates “ultimate” moment of trying to trade Gerrit Cole is just business as usual to the Yankees. The Pirates must come away with Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar, and one or both of Justus Sheffield/Jordan Montgomery. They may have to sweeten the pot to get the prospects we need, and Josh Harrison would be very helpful to the Yankees since the trade of Starlin Castro to the Marlins.

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