In Venezuela, Jose Osuna connected on a two-run homer in the second inning, his first home run of the winter. Osuna has an eight-game hitting streak, and at least one hit in 11 of his 12 games this winter. He has a .326 average and an .858 OPS.

Elvis Escobar continued his recent role as a late game replacement, playing the last two innings in left field without getting a plate appearance. This was his eighth game of the winter, which is an impressive total for a low-A player at this point, but he has just six at-bats.

A.J. Morris threw 2.2 scoreless innings, though they were far from clean frames. He allowed two hits and three walks, throwing 25 of his 51 pitches for balls. He has a 3.18 ERA in 11.1 innings, giving up nine walks.

Gorkys Hernandez went 1-for-5 in his team’s 3-2 loss. He is 5-for-31 in his last seven games.

In Mexico on Saturday, Harold Ramirez went 0-for-2 with an RBI in his team’s 5-2 win. He drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and helped out in the first inning by dropping down a sacrifice bunt, which led to a run. Ramirez is batting .190 through 11 games.

Carlos Munoz went 1-for-4 with a single. He committed his first error of the winter in this game. He is hitting .324 in 12 games.

Felipe Gonzalez came in during the sixth inning with two outs and issued a walk, but got an out to strand two inherited runners. In the seventh, he ran into a little trouble and got Β help from another reliever. Gonzalez allowed a lead-off double to former Pirates’ farmhand Ali Solis. After recording an out, he was removed and Solis never made it past second.

Only one game in the Dominican, but it involved two players from the organization. Andrew Lambo played his second game and this time he played the field after hitting in the DH spot on Friday. Lambo went 0-for-2 off the bench and played the last five innings in right field.

Wilkin Castillo went 0-for-3 with a walk and run scored. As the third string catcher for Indianapolis this year, he had only 40 at-bats over 17 games played. He is 0-for-6 in three games this winter.

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  1. Is Osuna playing in the OF or at first base in the AFL? Given the first base situation in Pittsburgh, I would think we would be trying to see how he can play at first base, as he obviously can hit.

    • He is in Venezuela, mostly playing left field, but he has been at first base twice. He has no say in where he plays in the field, so they use him where they need him

      • I realize he has no say, the question was about where the FO was playing him. It seems puzzling that they would play him mostly in the OF, given his size and our situation at first base, that would seem to make more sense. We have a lot of outfielders, we don’t have many first base options beyond Bell.

        • He was in the outfield with Altoona until Bell got promoted to Indy, then played first base the last 23 games of the season. With Bradenton, he played first base when Edwin Espinal sat, since Espinal can only play 1B/DH.

          During the season, they said they knew Osuna could play first base, so they wanted to make him more versatile by playing him in LF and RF.

          In winter ball, he belongs to the team he plays for, so the Pirates can’t have him play 1B.

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