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Winter Leagues: Wednesday’s Action Includes a First Start from a Reliever, and a Free Agent Signing Elsewhere


Here’s a recap of Wednesday night’s winter action for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In Colombia, Tsung-Che Cheng went 1-for-4 with a double, walk, run scored and two RBIs. He’s hitting .313/.353/.469 in ten games.

In the Dominican, Rodolfo Castro went 1-for-4 with a single. He’s hitting .235 with a .783 OPS in 25 games.

Enyel De Los Santos tossed another scoreless innings. He’s dominating this winter, with nine shutout innings on three hits, two walks and 14 strikeouts. This is his last appearance here in the winter articles. He signed with Cleveland on Wednesday.

Free agent Christian Bethancourt went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He’s hitting .190 with a .521 OPS in 25 games.

In Mexico, Jared Oliva went 0-for-4 with a run scored. He is hitting .189 with a .553 OPS in 12 games

Randy Romero had a rough night one day after being the headline player in our winter article. He went 0-for-5, dropping down to a .296 average and a .702 OPS in 48 games.

Brayan Roman made his first winter start and he went four solid innings, allowing one run on four hits, two walks and three strikeouts. He came into the day with one run allowed over 8.2 innings this winter.

This is sort of winter related in that he has been a popular winter ball player for the last three seasons. Robbie Glendinning rehabs in his return from elbow surgery that cost him all of 2021:

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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