Winter Leagues: Diego Castillo Homers Twice in Return to the Lineup

After a slow Monday around winter ball, the action picked up again on Tuesday. Here’s a recap of the Pittsburgh Pirates players who saw action around the world. In case you missed it, here’s our weekly Winter League Report article, focused on right-handed pitcher Osvaldo Bido. There was news from his winter team on Tuesday that the Pirates have ended Bido’s winter, so that article now also serves as a recap of his solid performance this off-season.

We start in Venezuela, where Diego Castillo had a strong return to the lineup after missing a few games due to what was described as a knee issue. He was the DH on Tuesday. He went 3-for-5 with two solo homers and a single. He now has a .361 average, four homers and a 1.061 OPS in 18 games.

In the Dominican, Oneil Cruz played his fourth game, and his second game as the DH. He had an 0-for-4 night. He reached base all five times in his second game, but he’s 1-for-12 with a single in his other three games.

Miguel Andujar went 0-for-4. He has a .293 average and an .814 OPS in ten games.

Rodolfo Castro went 1-for-3 with a single. He has a .183 average and a .559 OPS in 19 games.

Lewin Diaz went 0-for-2 with a walk, run scored and an RBI on a sacrifice fly. He went 5-for-16 with two doubles and a walk in his first four games.

Yohan Ramirez tossed a scoreless frame on two hits, no walks and no strikeouts. He has thrown 7.1 shutout innings in seven appearances.

In Puerto Rico, Brad Case went 1.2 innings, with one run on one hit and two strikeouts. He is up to nine innings this winter and that was the first run he allowed. It was a tough way to get charged with his first run. He retired five batters in a row, allowed a two-out single, then a reliever gave up two hits to bring in the run.

In Colombia, Andres Alvarez went 1-for-4 with a single. He has a .347 average and a 1.023 OPS. He has been playing left field recently.

Rodolfo Nolasco didn’t start on Tuesday, but he went 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored off of the bench. He has a .273 average and a .945 OPS in 14 games.

Francisco Acuna went 2-for-5 with two singles, a run scored and an RBI. He has a .186 average and a .550 OPS.

In Mexico, Jared Oliva went 1-for-5 with his ninth double and a run scored. He has a .292 average and a .767 OPS in 39 games this winter.

Fabricio Macias went 0-for-4. He has a .247 average and a .641 OPS in 38 games.

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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b mcferren

hoping we sign Jean Segura

JimEastTennessee

Seems like we are stockpiling bench bats/DH types?

At least the bench looks better staffed than with the Philip Gosselins of the world…

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