Winter Leagues: Jared Oliva Homers on a Busy Night for Pirates Prospects

Wednesday action in winter ball for the Pittsburgh Pirates was the busiest night so far this winter, with eight prospects seeing action.

In the Dominican, Rodolfo Castro went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. He’s now hitting .246 with an .867 OPS.

Enmanuel Mejia spun a scoreless frame on one hit, no walks and no strikeouts. He has allowed two runs over 6.2 innings in six appearances this winter.

In Puerto Rico, Bligh Madris went 1-for-3 with two walks, his third double, a run scored and a stolen base. He’s now hitting .346 with a .962 OPS in eight games.

Ethan Paul had an 0-for-3 night. He is now hitting .200 with a .557 OPS in 11 games.

Oliver Garcia had a really rough night. In yesterday’s article, we mentioned that we missed his debut, but he had given up three runs over his first two innings. On Wednesday night, he allowed five runs on six hits in one inning.

Oliver Mateo made his second appearance and threw a scoreless inning with two walks and no strikeouts. He made his debut last weekend with a shutout inning.

Michael Perez was sent outright to Indianapolis yesterday after clearing waivers. He’s extremely likely to become a free agent now, but the Pirates have no other backup options as of yet so who knows, he could return. He went 1-for-2 with two walks, a run scored and an RBI.

In Mexico, Randy Romero went 2-for-4, with a walk and a run scored. He hit his fourth double and stole his 12th base. He’s hitting .314 with a .750 OPS in 43 games.

Jared Oliva went 1-for-5 with a solo homer. He’s hitting .192 early in his winter time, with a .673 OPS.


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