Winter Leagues

Winter Leagues: Jose Osuna Plays His First Game at Third Base

Jose Osuna has been taking grounders at third base since Spring Training this year, but had never played the spot before last night. Photo Credit: David Hague
Winter Leagues: Jose Osuna Plays His First Game at Third Base
John Dreker

On Wednesday night in Venezuela, Jose Osuna played his first game at any level of pro ball at third base. It was a quiet night on defense, with just one ground ball hit his way, which he handled cleanly. He has been taking grounders off and on all year, starting back during the early stages of Spring Training and continuing through the end of the regular season. Osuna went 1-for-4 with an RBI single and through four games, he is 3-for-15, with a double and a walk.

Elvis Escobar began the game on the bench, before coming in as a defensive replacement in right field during the fourth inning. He batted twice, striking out and walking. He's hitting .261/.312/.313 in 34 games.

In the Dominican, Starling Marte went 1-for-4 with a single and an outfield assist. He's hitting .190/.238/.345 t...

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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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