Winter Leagues: Flame-Throwing Prospect Debuts in Puerto Rico

Pittsburgh Pirates winter league action from Thursday and Friday night. Thursday was a slow day in winter ball, with just one game in the Dominican, which didn’t involve any current Pirates.


In Puerto Rico, Ethan Paul went 2-for-4 with his second double and his first RBI.

In Mexico, Randy Romero went 2-for-5 with his 11th stolen base and an outfield assist.

Brayan Roman made his first scoreless appearance to start the season, throwing a shutout inning on Thursday night. He has pitched 4.2 shutout innings this winter.

In the Dominican, free agent Enyel De Los Santos pitched two perfect innings with five strikeouts. Pirates let him become a minor league free agent earlier this month.


In the Dominican, Rodolfo Castro went 1-for-5 with his fourth RBI. He’s hitting .220 with a .763 OPS.

Free agent Christian Bethancourt went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. He’s hitting .189 with a .543 OPS.

In Puerto Rico, newly DFA’d catcher Michael Perez went 1-for-4. He’s hitting .185 with a .668 OPS.

Ethan Paul went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He’s now hitting .185 with a .572 OPS.

Oliver Mateo debuted with a scoreless inning that included one walk and two strikeouts. He had a 4.78 ERA and 40 walks in 37.2 innings with Bradenton this year, BUT that came with…wait for it…82 strikeouts. If math isn’t a strong subject for you, I can help. That season strikeout total means that his performance tonight with two strikeouts in one inning was a lower strikeout rate than his season total. Yes, he is interesting, just not a legit prospect yet.

In Mexico, Randy Romero went 3-for-6 with three runs scored, his first home run, and an RBI. He’s now hitting .316 with a .757 OPS in 39 games.