In the Dominican League from Thursday night, Alen Hanson made his debut as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning and scored a run. Hanson played in the Arizona Fall League this year, but wasn’t allowed to play Winter ball until this week due to the Extreme Fatigue rule. Any players that has too many at-bats during the regular season(or too many innings/appearances for pitchers) isn’t allowed to play Winter ball until December 1st and then they can only play after that date with their team’s permission. Hanson is on the same Toros del Este team he played for last Winter.
Felix Pie went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He started off strong, but is just 1-for-13 with seven strikeouts in his last four games.
In Venezuela from Thursday night, Andrew Lambo went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs. He is batting just .175 through 12 games, but he has driven in 11 runs. Prior to the regularly scheduled game, the two teams finished up a game from November 27th that was suspended due to rain. The game was part of a doubleheader, so it was a seven inning game and the two teams only needed to play the bottom of the seventh. Lambo was 0-for-2 with a walk when the game was suspended and he didn’t bat again.
In Friday’s action from Australia, Sam Kennelly went 0-for-3 in his team’s 3-1 win. He was playing second base and he handled all five chances cleanly, including a game-ending double play. Kennelly has yet to play his natural shortstop position, instead splitting his time between first and second base.
Danny Arribas went 2-for-4 with a walk in his team’s 11-4 win. He also collected two hits on Thursday night, both were doubles. Prior to this series, he had seven hits in his first 12 games and all of them were singles.
From Wednesday night in Colombia, Harold Ramirez went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Through 16 games played, Ramirez is hitting .356 with one double, two triples and ten RBIs. Tito Polo came in as a pinch-runner and scored a run. He finished the game on defense in center field.
One player won’t be covered here anymore. Oscar Tejeda has signed with the Washington Nationals. Tejeda was picked up off waivers from the Boston Red Sox last June. He spent this past season jumping between Altoona and Indianapolis, hitting .198 over 50 games. This Winter, he was hitting .242 through 20 games, with a .712 OPS.
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