Pirates Winter Leagues: Josh Palacios Picks Up Two Hits

Six Pittsburgh Pirates saw winter league action, three in Puerto Rico and three in Colombia. Here’s a summary of their days.

Puerto Rico

Tsung-Che Cheng went 0-for-4. He has a .180 average and a .515 OPS in 14 games, with two doubles, a triple, two steals and four walks.

Josh Palacios went 2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI. He has a .271 average and an .831 OPS in 13 games, with three doubles, a triple and a homer.

Shawn Ross went 0-for-4. He’s hitting .114 with a .408 OPS in 30 games, with a triple, homer, 11 walks and 37 strikeouts in 92 plate appearances.

Colombia

Andres Alvarez went 1-for-5 with a single. He’s hitting .366 with a 1.066 OPS in 32 games.

Rodolfo Nolasco went 0-for-5, giving him a .221 average and a .722 OPS in 28 games.

Francisco Acuna went 0-for-4 with a run scored. He has a .220 average and a .681 OPS in 30 games.

All of the leagues around winter ball are off on Christmas Eve and only Mexico plays on Christmas night, so the next daily update will be Tuesday morning. Check back at noon for the latest Pirates Winter Report.

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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buccobrach2

Is Palacios going to be our opening day center fielder?

john_fluharty

At least Ross has a solid walk rate. Probably the only positive.

timbre21

So much for the Prospects hitting yesterday, bunch of zeros, there is always tomorrow

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