The Venezuelan Winter League started their season on Thursday night with six current Pittsburgh Pirates minor league players on the Opening Day rosters. On Friday night, four of those players made their season debut. The number of Pirates players in the league will fluctuate as players are signed as minor league free agents or are released, plus some players only play partial season, so they may leave the team early or start their season later.
The top prospect playing in the VWL is Jose Osuna. His debut Friday night was a brief one, coming on as a defensive replacement at first base in the ninth inning. As a 20-year-old this season, Osuna hit .244 in 123 games with Bradenton. He had 25 doubles, eight homers and stole 18 bases.
Catcher Elias Diaz actually made his debut on Thursday ...
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