Winter Leagues: Video Highlights of Big Hits from Castro, Castillo and Oliva

Monday was a slow day in winter ball for everyone with only three games being played across all countries. So today we have one note from Monday and a recap of Tuesday’s action for the Pittsburgh Pirates.


In Puerto Rico, Will Kobos made his winter debut and had a busy one inning. He didn’t allow any runs, but he gave up two hits and a walk, while striking out two batters.


In the Dominican, Rodolfo Castro went 2-for-5 with two singles, two runs and an RBI in his third game of the winter. For the third time he played third base and batted lead-off. His RBI hit can be found in the video below.

Oneil Cruz played his first exhibition game on Tuesday, in what is known as the Parallel League in the Dominican. It’s basically a Triple-A version of the winter league, designed for lesser players, rehab work and getting new players in game shape. Cruz batted third and played shortstop.

In Venezuela, Diego Castillo went 1-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a walk. The double can be seen below.

Ali Sanchez went 1-for-4 with a single and an RBI. He has a .219 average and a .536 OPS in his limited action.

In Puerto Rico, Jeffrey Passantino debuted and retired the side in order during his only inning of work. He picked up a strikeout.

Brad Case made his second appearance and for the second time he retired the side in order in his one inning.

In Mexico, Jared Oliva went 2-for-4 with his third double, first homer, two runs and two RBIs. He’s now hitting .309 with a .777 OPS in 21 games. Home run video is below.

Fabricio Macias went 2-for-4 with two singles and a run scored. He has a .273 average and a .710 OPS in 22 games.

Castro’s RBI hit

Oliva homer

Castillo double

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.

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Castillo using the whole field!


Keep swinging, boys! No one walks off of the islands!

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