Winter Leagues: Escobar Returns to Action; Glendinning Drives in Seven Runs Over the Weekend

Here’s a recap of the last two days in winter ball, as action begins to wind down for many of the remaining players. We start with four players seeing action on Saturday.

In Australia, Robbie Glendinning had a big game, as his team’s offense went wild. Just one day after a 2-0 win, Perth won 19-1. Glendinning went 2-for-3 with his seventh double and three walks. He drove in three runs and scored three times.

In Puerto Rico, Rodolfo Castro struck out as a pinch-hitter. Through four playoff games, he is 1-for-7 at the plate.

In the Dominican, Alfredo Reyes started at third base and went 1-for-3 with a single.

In Colombia, Carlos Arroyo went 1-for-4 with a single and a sacrifice fly. In seven playoff games, he is 6-for-26 with a double.


In Australia, Robbie Glendinning had another big game, though he team lost in extra innings. He went 3-for-5 with a walk, run scored and four RBIs. Through 24 games, he has a .349/.456/.542 slash line. Those numbers have him ranked third in the league in average, second in OBP, tenth in slugging and sixth in OPS. The league leader in all four categories is Michael Fransoso, the former Pirate farmhand, who has spent the last three years in independent ball. Fransoso has reached base 2+ times in 19 of his 23 games, while collecting one hit in each of the other four games.

In Venezuela, Elvis Escobar returned to his team for the second round of the playoffs, after the Pirates had him take a two-week break from pitching. He struck out the only batter he faced on Sunday night. His last outing was December 29th during the regular season. He’s the last player still playing in Venezuela this winter for the Pirates.

In the Dominican, Alfredo Reyes started at third base and went 0-for-4, though he scored a run and picked up an RBI. He is 5-for-26 through ten playoff games.

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