Here’s a look at Wednesday’s action around winter ball for members of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In the Dominican, Rodolfo Castro went 1-for-2 with a double, run scored, 2 RBIs and a walk. He’s been hitting lead-off and playing third base, but this game saw him bat seventh and play second base. He has a .188 average and a .616 OPS in ten games.
Yohan Ramirez pitched a scoreless inning, giving him 2.2 shutout frames this winter.
In Venezuela, Diego Castillo went 1-for-3 with a double, run scored, two RBIs and two walks. He has a .216 average and a .689 OPS in 12 games.
Miguel Yajure made his second start and it went better than his debut when he couldn’t get out of the first inning. He went 2.2 innings in this game, giving up two unearned runs on three hits, a walk and two strikeouts. The Pirates don’t have him on any type of overall limit, but he is capped each game at five innings or 65 pitches. His team was also told that he can only be used as a starter.
In Puerto Rico, Brad Case allowed his first base runner in his fifth game, but he has still kept the opposition off of the board. He gave up a hit and a walk, while recording two outs, including one strikeout.
Will Kobos tossed a scoreless inning on one walk and two strikeouts. He has given up one run in 4.2 innings, while recording nine strikeouts.
In Mexico, Jared Oliva went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs and an RBI. He’s now hitting .269 with a .727 OPS in 28 games.
Fabricio Macias went 0-for-4, giving him a .248 average and a .646 OPS in 29 games.
In Colombia, Andres Alvarez went 1-for-1 with a walk, giving him a .500 average and a 1.682 OPS in five games. He left early due to a one-sided score.
Diego Chiquillo was on the wrong side of a 13-2 loss, but he managed to toss two shutout innings against a team that also put up 15 runs yesterday. He allowed two hits, two walks and two strikeouts.
Rodolfo Nolasco went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. He is hitting .125 with a .488 OPS in five games.
Francisco Acuna left after a hit-by-pitch in his first plate appearance.
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