Pirates Winter Leagues: Duane Underwood Jr. Heads to Puerto Rico

There was some action in Puerto Rico, Mexico and Colombia for Pittsburgh Pirates players in winter ball. That includes a new player showing up. Here’s a recap of the action.

Puerto Rico

Duane Underwood Jr. showed up on the active roster for Criollos de Caguas on Tuesday. He has played winter ball once before, and it was for the same team two years ago. He pitched six scoreless innings that winter. Underwood did not appear in Tuesday’s game.

Tsung-Che Cheng started at second base and he went 0-for-4. He’s now hitting .189 in 11 games, with a double, triple, two steals and four walks.

Josh Palacios went 0-for-3 with a run scored and a HBP. He’s hitting .229 in ten games, with two doubles, a homer and five walks.


Andres Alvarez went 2-for-6 with two singles, a run and an RBI. He’s hitting .362 with a 1.061 OPS in 28 games.

Rodolfo Nolasco went 1-for-4 with a single. He has a .229 average and a .748 OPS in 25 games.

Francisco Acuna went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. He has a .225 average and a .715 OPS in 27 games.


Fabricio Macias went 2-for-4 with a walk-off single. He had a walk-off single four days ago as well. He has a .263 average in 53 games, with 14 doubles, two triples and a homer.

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