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Monday, December 5, 2022

Winter Leagues: Diego Castillo Stays Hot

Two days of action here, as Monday was a slow night around winter ball. Here’s a quick recap of the Pittsburgh Pirates in winter ball from Monday and Tuesday.

MONDAY

All of the action was in the Dominican on Monday. Rodolfo Castro went 1-for-3 with an RBI single and his third stolen base.

Miguel Andujar went 1-for-4 and scored a run on Castro’s single.

Yohan Ramirez pitched 1.2 scoreless innings on two hits, no walks and two strikeouts. He has thrown 5.1 scoreless innings this winter.

TUESDAY

In the Dominican, Rodolfo Castro went 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s hitting .186 in 14 games, with a .608 OPS.

Miguel Andujar went 1-for-4 with an RBI single and a walk. He’s 4-for-16 in four games.

In Venezuela, Miguel Yajure made his third start and it was his longest outing so far. He’s on a 65-pitch/five inning limit. He went 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on three hits, three walks and three strikeouts.

Diego Castillo went 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a walk. He’s hitting .345 in 16 games, with a .960 OPS.

Ali Sanchez went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. He has a .218 average and a .534 OPS in 19 games.

In Puerto Rico, Brad Case continued his impressive winter performance by tossing two shutout innings. In 6.2 innings over six appearances, he has allowed two base runners on one hit and one walk.

In Colombia, Rodolfo Nolasco hit his first homer of the winter. He went 2-for-3 with a run, walk and two RBIs. He has a .200 average and a .704 OPS.

Cristian Charle gave up two runs in one inning of work. Those two runs came on the home run by Nolasco.

Francisco Acuna had an 0-for-3 night. He has a .125 average and a .498 OPS.

In Mexico, Jared Oliva went 1-for-3 with his eighth double, a run scored and two walks. He has a .295 average and a .788 OPS in 33 games.

Fabricio Macias went 1-for-2 with a walk and his fourth stolen base. He has a .246 average and a .642 OPS in 33 games.

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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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