In the Dominican on Tuesday night, Alen Hanson went 0-for-4 with a walk, continuing his early slump this off-season. He is 5-for-31 in seven games, with a double and one walk. Hanson is known for starting slow during the regular season, but winning isn’t important in the minors, so he will play through a slump. We call the winter leagues off-season ball, but it’s their regular season down there and winning is the only thing that is important. Player development always takes a backseat. If players don’t perform, they will lose playing time and Hanson has no track record(at least not a good one) in winter ball, so he has to start hitting soon or he will get benched.
Willy Garcia went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and an error. He is 4-for-25 with one double, one walk and eight strikeouts.
Edwin Espinal got his second start of the winter, one day after hitting his first home run. He was the DH on Monday, then played first base on Tuesday. Espinal went 1-for-3 with a single.
Andrew Lambo went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and committed two errors at first base. He is 0-for-13 with five strikeouts in four games.
Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-4, giving him a .280 average(7-for-25) through six games.
Gustavo Nunez went 1-for-4 with a run scored. He is hitting .250 through eight games.
In Mexico, Carlos Munoz went 0-for-2 with a strikeout, before Harold Ramirez came on to pinch-hit for him. The move worked, as Ramirez collected a single, then scored his team’s first run. He remained in the game, going out to left field. In the ninth inning, Ramirez was taken out for a pinch-hitter.