Winter Leagues

Winter Leagues: Munoz is Battling Another Second Half Slump

Munoz had second half issues during the regular season as well as this winter (Photo Credit: Tim Williams)
Winter Leagues: Munoz is Battling Another Second Half Slump
John Dreker

Two days of recaps here because not much went on Wednesday or Thursday night of note, at least on the field. I'll add extra notes in Thursday's recap for any player who saw action both days.

On Wednesday in Venezuela, Jose Osuna went 2-for-5 with a run, RBI, and three strikeouts. He is hitting .333/.395/.508 through 51 games and has emerged as the top candidate for the league's Rookie of the Year award. He has played parts of two seasons in the league before this year, but still qualifies due to limited playing time each year.

Elias Diaz went 0-for-3 with a walk and run scored. He has slumped recently at the plate, going 3-for-19 in his last six games. Diaz has a .239/.307/.433 slash line through 19 games. He has still allowed just two stolen bases this winter.

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Winter Leagues
John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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