Winter Leagues

Winter Leagues: Jose Osuna Homers; Marte Leaves After Hit-By-Pitch

Osuna, pictured here hitting his first big league homer, hit his first home run of the winter on Tuesday. Photo Credit: David Hague
Winter Leagues: Jose Osuna Homers; Marte Leaves After Hit-By-Pitch
John Dreker

In Venezuela on Tuesday night, Jose Osuna hit his first home run of the winter, a solo shot to lead-off the fourth inning. He finished 1-for-4 on the day with two strikeouts. Osuna is 5-for-27 (.185) through seven games. He played his fourth game at third base and handled two putouts and one grounder. He has two errors on eight total chances.

In the Dominican, Starling Marte was hit by a pitch in the first inning and left for a defensive replacement after running the bases. While there was no update during or after the game last night, the last time he was hit by a pitch he ran the bases, was replaced on defense, then played the next day, so it could be the team being cautious. I'm sure we will either find out more soon or he...

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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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