Three days worth of winter ball below, as the first two days this week were slow. Action picked up Wednesday, as Stolmy Pimentel had his second straight strong outing and Joely Rodriguez made his winter debut.
In the only game in the Dominican on Monday, Gustavo Nunez went 2-for-5 with an RBI and three strikeouts. Two other players that spent time in the Pirates organization in 2014, also played in the same game. Rafael Perez started and allowed one run over five innings, giving up six hits, with one walk and four strikeouts. Carlos Paulino went 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored. Both Paulino and Perez are still free agents.
In Puerto Rico, Yhonathan Barrios had a tough outing in his third game. He faced five batters and gave up four hits and two runs. He also allowed four hits and two runs in his last game, though he pitched two innings that day.
In Venezuela, Deolis Guerra threw a scoreless inning, allowing one hit while issuing one walk and picking up two strikeouts. He has five straight appearances in which he has thrown one scoreless inning.
In the Dominican, Joely Rodriguez was supposed to make his debut in relief, but his team had their game rained out after play was stopped in the fifth inning. Gustavo Nunez had two hits and two runs scored before the game was called. Those stats will not count.
Tony Sanchez went 0-for-2 with an RBI, sacrifice fly and sacrifice bunt. In five games, he is 2-for-14 with two singles.
Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-4 with a run scored. It was his first start since last Tuesday. Rojas came into the game with a .237/.327/.344 slash line in 26 games. He played left field and picked up an outfield assist on Tuesday.
Willy Garcia came on as a defensive replacement, taking over in center field in the eighth inning. He did not get a plate appearance.
Pedro Florimon went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
In Mexico, Felipe Gonzalez pitched a scoreless inning, with one walk, no hits and two strikeouts. He has a 2.70 ERA in 18 relief appearances, with a 1.26 GO/AO ratio and a .219 BAA.
On Wednesday night in the Dominican, Stolmy Pimentel threw five shutout innings, giving up two hits, one walk and he struck out six batters. In his last game, Pimentel gave up one run over five innings, marking the beginning of what looks like a nice turnaround from a rough start. In his first four games combined, he allowed ten earned runs over 9.1 innings.
Joely Rodriguez got to make his debut one day late and he he carried over his AFL success into winter ball. He threw three shutout innings, giving up two hits, while walking none and collecting three strikeouts. According to those at the game, he hit 95 MPH. Rodriguez was able to pitch to a familiar catcher, Carlos Paulino. He went 0-for-3 with a walk.
Willy Garcia went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and his eighth double. He also picked up an outfield assist. It was a nice game from Garcia, who hit .200 over his previous 11 games, with an 0:13 BB/SO ratio in 40 at-bats.
Pedro Florimon went 1-for-3 with a strikeout and his third error. He is hitting .217 through 21 games.
Wirfin Obispo threw a shutout inning. He gave up a hit and a walk. Obispo is still a free agent. He has a 2.51 ERA in 14.1 innings.
In Venezuela, Junior Sosa played his first game in nearly three weeks. He struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. He is hitting .317 in 41 at-bats.
Deolis Guerra extended his scoreless streak to six straight games. He retired the side in order, picking up one strikeout.
In Mexico, Sebastian Valle went 2-for-4 with two singles. He reached base five times in his previous start.