Winter Leagues: Adam Frazier Helps Team USA to Victory

In the Dominican on Monday, Alen Hanson got into the game as a pinch-runner. He hasn’t started recently, last getting into the lineup on Halloween. Since then, he has played three times, twice as a pinch-runner. In 14 games, he is hitting .245/.275/.265 in 49 at-bats.

Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-3 with two runs, a walk and a stolen base, his first of the season. The hit was his first of the month. He ended October with three homers in his last two games.

Pedro Florimon went 1-for-5 with a double and run scored. He also struck out three times.

Josh Wall threw a perfect eighth inning, retiring the side in order on two grounders and a pop up on a bunt. One of the grounders was off the bat of Mel Rojas Jr. for the first out.

In Venezuela, A.J. Morris threw 1.2 perfect innings, picking up four strikeouts. He is one of 19 minor leaguers for the Pirates, who became free agents over the weekend.

Gorkys Hernandez went 2-for-3 with a walk and he picked up an outfield assist. He’s hitting .304 in 27 games.

Some news out of Venezuela which will help out the winter coverage. Elias Diaz will be reporting to Bravos de Margarita on Wednesday and will likely see action within a week, depending on what he has been doing since the season ended. Most players get into games about 5-7 days after they report to a team.

Jorge Rondon is also reporting to his team this week. He was claimed off waivers from the Orioles last month and he will pitch for Tigres de Aragua.

Tuesday’s Action

In the Dominican, Pedro Florimon and Gustavo Nunez formed the double play combo for Estrellas de Oriente, with Florimon at shortstop. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, while Nunez went 0-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt. Nunez is 0-for-14 since October 28th and this winter he’s hitting .200 through 15 games.

Josh Wall threw a scoreless inning, allowing a single, while striking out two batters. He has a 1.59 ERA through 11.1 innings over 11 appearances, with 16 strikeouts.

In Mexico, Carlos Munoz went 1-for-4 with a run scored. He is hitting .314 through 24 games.

Frazier Plays For Team USA

Adam Frazier was in the AFL this year until Team USA needed him as an injury replacement for the Premier12 tournament held in Taiwan. The tournament is currently going on, with game two played early this morning. There were other games before that, and Frazier got into a few of those as well. On November 1st, he went 1-for-3 with a walk in a win over Canada. He started at shortstop the next day against Canada and went 0-for-3 in  3-3 tie.

On November 6th against Netherlands, Frazier went 1-for-4 and drove in three runs. He went 1-for-2 the next day against Chinese Taipei, in a game that included Jin-De Jhang behind the plate. Jhang had a double and a walk in his two plate appearances. On Monday, Frazier had a triple and single, driving in two runs, as Team USA won game one of the tournament 11-5 over the Dominican Republic.

Frazier batted seventh and started at second base on Wednesday night against Venezuela, going 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. Team USA lost 7-5 and next plays Thursday night against Mexico.


  • Any chance Munoz with a great winter starts at Bradenton or is it WV no matter?

    • I can’t rule it out, but it’s more likely that he starts at WV since there are no first baseman there and ends his season at Bradenton if room opens up and he’s playing well

      • Do you think his bat profiles successfully at Bradenton? He seems pretty advanced.

        • He’s turning 22 next year and it’s his sixth season in the organization, so he should be at Bradenton by now. His bat has never been the question, it’s his stamina and conditioning. He always gets tired during short-season ball and slumps, so they felt he wasn’t ready for the grind of a full season last year. He should have been in West Virginia, but his own conditioning issues cost him that spot. His workout program this winter has been intensified and closely monitored by the Pirates, so assuming he doesn’t screw up during his short off-time between Mexico and Spring Training, he should have no trouble at Low-A and a move to Bradenton after the All-Star break would seem likely. That’s assuming a lot though because conditioning has been an issue since he signed.

  • Frazier is a nice piece to have with his versatility