Winter Leagues

Winter Leagues: Francisco Acuna Extends On Base Streak; Escobar and Osuna Reach Base Twice

Francisco Acuna has reached base safely in all but one of his games this winter. Photo Credit: Wilbur Miller
Winter Leagues: Francisco Acuna Extends On Base Streak; Escobar and Osuna Reach Base Twice
John Dreker

In Venezuela on Wednesday night, Jose Osuna went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk. He played third base for the fifth time this winter and fielded one grounder cleanly. He was replaced on defense in the ninth and that replacement player fielded a grounder for the second out, so Osuna lost an opportunity for an extra play. He's had just nine chances in five games, committing two errors (both botched grounders). Osuna is batting .200/.273/.333 through eight games.

Elvis Escobar didn't start on Wednesday, but still joined in on the fun, as his team won 21-4. He came in as a defensive replacement in center field in the top of the sixth inning and reached base in both plate appearances, once on a single and once on a hit-by-pitch. Escobar also scored a run. He's now hitting .292/.342/.358 th...

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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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