In the Dominican on Wednesday night, Alen Hanson went 1-for-5 with a run scored. He is 6-for-36 through eight games. He has the second lowest OPS among qualified hitters in the Dominican.

Andrew Lambo finally got into the hit column, going 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. He started off 0-for-13 in his first four games. Lambo played right field after committing two errors at first base on Tuesday.

Willy Garcia pinch-hit, then stayed in the game in center field. He went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. Garcia is 4-for-27 with ten strikeouts.

Edwin Espinal went 1-for-4 with a run scored. He has started three times, going 3-for-11 with a homer and two singles.

Gustavo Nunez went 2-for-4 with two singles, giving him a .278 average through nine games. He committed his fifth error of the winter.

Josh Wall recorded one out, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. His only out was a strikeout.

In Venezuela, Jose Osuna went 1-for-3 with a walk, run scored and an RBI. In 16 games, he has a .352 average and he has reached base in 12 straight games. His .947 OPS ranks ninth in the Venezuelan League.

Junior Sosa started in left field and went 0-for-2 before being pinch-hit for in the seventh inning.

Francisco Diaz went 1-for-1 with a sacrifice bunt. He was batting behind Junior Sosa and Diaz was pinch-hit for in the seventh inning as well.

Gorkys Hernandez went 2-for-4 with an RBI. He struck out twice and was caught stealing for the third time.

In Mexico, Harold Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a run scored and a sacrifice bunt. He came into the game with a .208 average in his first 13 games.

Carlos Munoz went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. He is hitting .310 through 15 games.

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  1. John or Tim,

    Maybe another bad question…..

    Is there any chance Lambo is exposed to waivers and taken off the
    40 man roster this winter and then if he clears be reassigned to Indy?

    Do you at this time think he would clear waivers?
    Can he refuse the assignment to Indy and we lose him?
    (not sure I would want that)

    • It seems like there should be room for him on the 40, at least when they set the roster for the rule 5 draft. Lots of free agents coming off and some players who could lose their spot before Lambo. After that, it would matter who they sign as a free agent and how many spots are required. One advantage he has over Decker, who provides the same lefty/backup outfielder combo, is that Decker has no options left and Lambo has two remaining(he also plays 1B, so that helps). If they don’t consider either a true 4th outfielder, then it would seem like Lambo would be the one you keep since he can be sent down.

        • He was added in 2013 when he was called up, used an option in 2014 and made the team in 2015, spending most of the year on the DL. He would have been eligible for minor league free agency at the end of 2013 if they didn’t add him

  2. why isn’t Osuna considered a breakout player this year? He can hit and has shown power and can play the outfield as well as first base. I think he should be put on the 40 man roster, if there is a spot open for him and not be exposed and lose him in the rule V draft.

    • He’s a prospect, but not a top prospect due to upside. Right now, he doesn’t have any plus tools. He hits for some power, but his career high for homers was set back in 2012, so there’s no upward trend. If anything, it’s downward, as his OPS dropped 40 points this year compared to last, which was his second year at a level.

      He drew 31 walks this year in 542 plate appearances, so unless you’re hitting over .300 or hitting for more power, than that walk total is unacceptable and his career high is 35, so it’s pretty much a pattern now.

      He doesn’t add speed or defensive value at 1B or in the OF. In fact, he’s below average in the OF and average at best at first base.

      The good part is that he is 23 next year, so there is still time for him to become a better hitter, maybe the power comes and he can be a solid bench player in the majors.

      As for the Rule 5, I posted a long comment above about that

    • I’m sure they are considering it, but he doesn’t have any plus tools, except a strong arm, which doesn’t do much as a first baseman. Players like that in AA don’t usually get taken in the Rule 5 draft and I’m sure that’s being taken into consideration by the Pirates. Most Rule 5 picks fall into three groups. Defensive catchers, pitchers(and they can be split into hard-throwers and lefty specialists), and players with at least one plus tool such as speed or power. The type of players who rarely get taken are first baseman without plus power.

      Osuna doesn’t project to hit 25-30 homers, he doesn’t project to hit .300 or steal bases, and he doesn’t draw many walks. He can still be considered a solid player without reaching those levels, but what team is willing to keep a player like that on their 25-man roster all season on the chance he becomes a .280/.320/.400 player.

      So I don’t think he gets protected or taken in the draft. If some team is scouting Venezuela this winter and keeps seeing him produce leading up to the draft, they may feel differently, but as I said, it’s rare that a player like him gets taken

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