Winter Leagues: Solid Debut for Osvaldo Bido

Here’s a recap of Tuesday’s action in winter ball. Monday’s action was highlighted by a big day from Dariel Lopez. In case you missed it, here’s our winter league preview.

In the Dominican, Osvaldo Bido made his winter debut and tossed three shutout innings on two hits, one walk and five strikeouts. Despite the success, he was not efficient, throwing 57 pitches (35 strikes) in his limited work.

Endy Rodriguez was the DH for a second straight night and he went 2-for-5 with two singles. He has a .267 average and a .580 OPS in the very early stages of the winter season.

Dariel Lopez had an 0-for-4 night after reaching base all four times on Monday night.

In Mexico, Jared Oliva went 2-for-4, leaving him with a .455 average through his first seven games.

Fabricio Macias went 0-for-4. He has a .346 average and a .914 OPS.

In news out of Australia, Dylan Shockley was announced as the first Pirates player signing with the Sydney Blue Sox. They will have five Pirates on their team this season. Sydney is managed by Pirates scout Tony Harris. Known for his defense and strong work with pitchers, Shockley hit .147/.284/.191 in 24 games for Altoona this season before he was injured in late July and missed the rest of the season.

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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Endy simply loves baseball. Thought maybe he was tired of raking
ENDY show wanted to go home and rake the DR

Once Endy arrives in the Burg for good, you will see an immediate change


I’m hoping Endy will be with the Pirates by early June 2023 (Age 23). Malcom Nunez, 1B, is another young prospect who showed very well in AA with the Cardinals and with the Pirates, and ended the year at AAA. He will turn 22 next year and I hope he too will join the Pirates sometime in 2023.


John: I think you hit the nail on the head in that it was a solid outing for Bido. Not efficient, but anything under 20 pitches an inning will at least get a SP through 5.

I know it sems to all be on the pitcher, but the younger Pirates pitching seemed to get better as the season progressed and the Pirates began to maintain a regular Catcher tandem of Delay and Heineman. Communication, Confidence, and throwing to two targets who framed well and are “pitchers” Catchers. Unless we plan to start Endy Rodriguez to begin 2023, the Pirates need to maintain Delay and Heineman as the regular “Hind Catchers” as the old timers refer to them here in Tennessee.


Is time to promote Oliva to the Liga Dominicana.


Baseball Down Under! What an adventure!

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