In the Dominican on Saturday night, Alen Hanson went 1-for-4 with a run scored. After a slow start, he has hits in four straight games and he’s reached base in six straight. He’s hitting .250 in 11 games.

In his second at-bat on Saturday night, Mel Rojas Jr. homered for the second day in a row, his third of the winter. He wasn’t done though, homering again in the ninth off of Tony Pena Jr., which tied the score. Rojas homered just two times during the regular season. He went 3-for-4 in the game, also adding a double. He scored three of his team’s four runs. Rojas is hitting .297 and he has driven in eight runs in nine games.

After two straight solid games, Andrew Lambo went 0-for-4, giving him a .120 average through seven games. He homered on Friday, while also drawing two walks. In his previous game, he collected his first two hits of the winter.

Gustavo Nunez went 0-for-3 with a walk, dropping him to a .238 average.

Wilkin Castillo went 1-for-3 with a single, his first hit of the winter in nine at-bats.

In Venezuela, Jose Osuna had his 19-game on base streak snapped. He went 0-for-4, while also dropping down a sacrifice bunt. His last at-bat was against Julio Vivas, who was Osuna’s teammate at the beginning of the season in Bradenton. Vivas got him to ground into a double play for the first two outs of the top of the tenth inning.

Junior Sosa went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts. He has a .404 OPS in 15 games.

Francisco Diaz came in as a defensive replacement behind the plate, playing three innings before being pinch-hit for without getting a plate appearance. He’s 2-for-11 through eight games.

Julio Vivas threw a scoreless inning of relief, and as mentioned above, he got the red-hot Jose Osuna to ground into a double play with two men on and no outs in the tenth inning. Vivas allowed a hit and a walk, throwing just six of his 14 pitches for strikes.

In Mexico, Carlos Munoz went 1-for-2 with a walk, RBI and run scored, before being pinch-hit for in the eighth inning. He’s hitting .333 in 17 games.

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  1. And yet in an article where about 10 players are mentioned, all of the comments are about Lambo? 1B/OF, Jose Osuna, 22 and bats RH, is second in batting in the Venezuelan League after having a good year in AA this year. Can he hit MLB pitching? Another 1B Carlos Munoz, 21, a LH hitter for average and power in Short Season is doing very well in the Mexican League.

  2. Honest question… Why do people still care about Andrew Lambo? I mean, do you honestly feel he’ll ever contribute to the Pittsburgh Pirates? I know I don’t.

    • So they can say “See, told you so.”

      Don’t worry. Him, Tony Sanchez, Gorkyz. They are near the end of the line.

      • For me at least, it comes down to investing so much time into guys like that during the bad old years when either out of blind hope or ignorance we hitched our saddles to these ponies.

        I’ve probably typed a thousand worthless words on the interwebs about how Gabby Sanchez is actually not that bad (he was), how Jose Tabata is actually worth his contract (he wasn’t), how the Pirates were good at building bullpens (they weren’t), etc…

        Some absolutely crazy words have been written both by the actual authors of sites like this and certainly fans commenting because these were some of the guys that were supposed to turn the corner, and we frankly hadn’t seen good baseball in such a long time we didn’t know better.

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