In the Dominican on Friday night, Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks, a stolen base and a run scored. He has been struggling lately, so it is a little surprising that his successful game came in the lead-off spot. He has been hitting in the bottom of the order most of the winter. Rojas was on a 4-for-25 streak coming into the day.
Pedro Florimon went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He has had strikeout issues this winter, going down 30 times in 84 at-bats. That has led to a .190 average through 23 games.
Gustavo Nunez went 1-for-3, raising his average to .222 through 33 games.
I was told on Friday that it's unlikely that Alen Hanson plays winter ball again this year. He has been with the Pirates on their Care-A-Van tour. If he is indeed done, he finishes with a .2...
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