In Saturday action from Australia, Ji-Hwan Bae went 1-for-4 with a run scored in the opening game of a doubleheader. He started at shortstop, but didn’t have a single play in the field. Bae was the DH in game two and went 1-for-4 with a single. He’s hitting .304/.429/.652 in seven games, with two doubles and two homers.
A doubleheader between Perth and Canberra had Robbie Glendinning and Jerrick Suiter on opposite sides. Glendinning had a big first game, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored. In game two, he went 2-for-5 with an RBI and his first stolen base. He started both games at second base. Glendinning is hitting .346/.370/.692 in seven games.
Jerrick Suiter went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the opening game. He played right field and picked up an assist to end the fifth inning, throwing out former Pirates prospect Sam Kennelly at home plate. Suiter went 1-for-4 in game two and picked up another assist, this time by throwing out Glendinning at second base. Suiter is hitting .192/.222/.231 in seven games.
In the Dominican, Oneil Cruz doubled and drove in two runs for the second day in a row. He also reached base via a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Cruz committed his first error (throwing) of the winter. He’s 5-for-23 (.217) in seven games this winter, with a .280 OBP and a .304 slugging percentage.
Pablo Reyes went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He’s now hitting .185/.214/.389 through 14 games.
Christian Kelley caught his second game in a row. He went 1-for-2 with a single and a run scored on Saturday night. He went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in his winter debut.
Williams Jerez recorded two outs without allowing a run to keep his 0.00 ERA. In 8.1 innings over ten appearances, he has allowed seven hits, one walk and struck out eight batters.
Jesus Liranzo is still looking for work for the spring. He made his 18th appearance on Saturday, giving up a run while recording one out. He issued a walk and picked up a strikeout, then the run scored after he left the game. He has a 4.41 ERA in 16.1 innings, with a .295 BAA and an 11:5 SO/BB ratio.
In Mexico, Fabricio Macias went 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBIs in the first game of a doubleheader. This was his fifth straight multi-hit game, minus his last appearance which was just as a ninth inning defensive replacement. In game two, Macias went 0-for-4. He is now hitting .263/.311/.358 in 33 games.
Randy Romero came in as an eight inning pinch-hitter and remained in the game in center field. He popped out to second base in his only at-bat. He’s hitting .185 in 27 at-bats over 18 games, with one double, one walk and one stolen base. He’s not getting a lot of playing time, but it’s important to remember that he played in the Dominican Summer League this year and the league in Mexico has many players with MLB experience. The league in Mexico is equal to a strong Double-A team in my estimation.
In Colombia, Luis Escobar made his second straight relief appearance and picked up the save by retiring the side in order. He also threw a 1-2-3 inning in his first relief outing. Escobar gave up four runs over 5.2 innings as a starter (two starts), with all four runs coming in his final inning of work in his second start.
Francisco Acuna started at second base and went 1-for-3 with a walk. He’s hitting .317/.444/.341 in 14 games.
Edgar Barrios played both games of a doubleheader, starting at second base in both games. He went 0-for-3 with a run scored in game one, and 1-for-3 with two RBIs in the second game. Barrios is hitting .225/.262/.225 in 16 games.
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