Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Returns to Lineup

In the Dominican on Friday, Willy Garcia started for the first time in over a week and went 1-for-3 with a walk, driving in two runs and stealing a base. He is batting .167 through ten games, with ten strikeouts in 27 at-bats. A late update to Thursday’s boxscore, shows that Garcia finished the game on defense in left field. He did not get an at-bat. He was injured on a slide earlier in the season, but it appears this last break was just due to poor hitting.

Pedro Florimon went 0-for-4 with a walk, while committing his first error at shortstop. He’s 2-for-12 in his first three games.

Gustavo Nunez was used as a pinch-runner and scored a run. He has gone four straight starts without a hit, dropping his average to .208 through 14 games.

For the fourth time in a row, Edwin Espinal was used as a late inning defensive replacement at first base. He hasn’t batted since October 30th.

If you missed it from last night, Andrew Lambo was claimed off waivers by the Oakland A’s, so he will no longer be part of the winter coverage. At the time, he was hitting .079/.125/.158 in 11 games.

In Venezuela, Jose Osuna had a rare hitless game, going 0-for-4 with an RBI. He has a .360 average through 24 games, posting a .916 OPS.

Jhondaniel Medina allowed two runs(one earned) in his one inning of work. He gave up two hits and a walk, while also throwing a wild pitch. Medina threw 22 pitches, 11 for strikes. He has allowed one run over five innings in five appearances, with seven walks.

Gorkys Hernandez went 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored.

In Mexico, Carlos Munoz went 1-for-4 with an RBI. He is batting .298 through 21 games. His average has been dropping as he’s in a 4-for-20 stretch, but due to some extra-base hits and 13 walks, he isn’t far off the league OPS lead. His 1.049 OPS ranks third overall.

In Australia on Saturday, Sam Kennelly started at second base and went 1-for-4 with a single. He started his first game of the season on Friday at third base and had two hits. Saturday was a doubleheader and Kennelly shifted back to third base for game two and went 0-for-3 with a walk.

  • It’s amazing how we only know Sam Kennelly exists during the off-season. It’s definitely good for him to be the ONLY player in the aussie league attached to the Pirates, otherwise he would just be some scrub struggling through our minor league system with only moderate hope of ever seeing AAA

  • piraterican21
    November 7, 2015 9:57 am

    Any news on H Ramirez? Did he left the Mexican league on his own or was kicked off?

    • He was replaced on the roster due to poor stats. Being a foreign player in that league, he was on a short leash and they took his roster spot with Brendan Harris, who has eight years MLB experience, so you figure he’s a much better player. Ramirez is still listed on the reserve roster, but that doesn’t mean he will come back. The league in Colombia starts on Friday, so we will see then what is going on.

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