Winter Leagues: Extra-Base Hits for Rodriguez, Lopez and Peguero

Here’s a look at Tuesday’s action in winter ball for the active Pittsburgh Pirates players. You will find Wednesday’s recap below. Videos are below for all three hits mentioned in the title.

In the Dominican, Endy Rodriguez went 1-for-5 with a double and an RBI. He struck out three times. He’s hitting .250 with a .586 OPS in the very early part of the winter season.

Liover Peguero went 1-for-6 with a double and an RBI. He has a .150 average and a .540 OPS so far in the first week of action.

Dariel Lopez went 1-for-3 with a triple, run scored and RBI. He left for a pinch-hitter late, then the game went into extra innings, so he missed out on three at-bats. He committed two errors at third base.

In Mexico, Fabricio Macias went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt in his team’s 2-0 win.

Jared Oliva went 1-for-4 with a single. He’s hitting .423 in seven games.

Oneil Cruz is scheduled to start in the Dominican on November 1st. Diego Castillo is scheduled to start that same day in Venezuela.

Rodriguez double

Lopez triple

Peguero double

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Cut Cruz a break. When an if the time ever comes that the has to move off short than he and we can concern ourselves about it.


Sadly Cruz runs the show. How does a prospect strong arm an entire FO?

“He may alienate himself if moved from SS,
his actions will dictate if and when that happens”

I’m OK with that for now because

1.Winning is not part of their agenda at this time
2.Who else is ready?
3.MLB wants to see if Cruz and Castro are the Gene Alley and Maz of the early 70’s
4.Insert Castillo at 1B and see how far Hayes can carry 3 C’s

Cruz and Castro are supposedly best friends, when they realize Castro’s ceiling
is DH at best, will they need Cruz’s consent to move on from him?

Only in Pittsburgh could that question be asked



Glad that Cruz is playing winter ball and it will be interesting to see if he’s an everyday SS for his team.


Hopefully there is netting protecting the fans “behind” first base, or they could just hand out gloves to the fans


Especially since the DR is high level competition! Should be a great opportunity to get really good reps in


Needs to be an everyday outfielder to prepare him for the eventual move…


He won’t be moving until someone pushes him. No one pushing him so far.


Yeah, I know that is how it will work, but I just think if he is destined for the outfield then get him the reps in the AFL or Winter League games that are meaningless to the Pirates. He needs to get comfortable running down flyballs so he can concentrate on his hit tool. There is a decent chance his defense at SS doesn’t get much better, but with his athleticism, if he can be a better than avg. outfielder then get him out there now. Newman has the glove for SS and when he does make contact and gets on base he is avg. or better SS. Play him at SS until a better option comes in. Just my opinion, I know that is not how it works..Oh well.

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