Winter Leagues: Ortiz Continues Hot Streak, Boscan Shutting Down for Winter

In Venezuela on Sunday, Elias Diaz went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He is hitting .250/.327/.391 in 26 games.

Jhondaniel Medina recorded five outs while facing four batters. He inherited a runner(Junior Sosa), who was caught stealing. Medina picked up two strikeouts. In 12 appearances, he has allowed two runs over 11.2 innings, but he has issued nine walks.

A.J. Morris allowed one run over three innings, giving up four hits and one walk, with two strikeouts. He has a 3.25 ERA in 36 innings, with a 1.69 WHIP and 25 strikeouts. Morris is still a free agent.

Jose Osuna had his suspension reduced from six games to three games and began serving it on Sunday. If you missed it from yesterday, we broke down the quality of pitchers he has homered off of this winter. The article has video for eight of his nine homers.

Wilfredo Boscan announced that he will shut things down once the regular season ends this winter. His team isn’t going to make the playoffs, but the players from the teams eliminated from the playoffs can be drafted by one of the playoff teams. Boscan announced that he would rather take the time off to rest since he already has a contract for the 2016 season. He could get two more starts before shutting it down depending on how the rotation plays out. The regular season in Venezuela ends December 29th.

In the Dominican, Gustavo Nunez(2B) and Pedro Florimon made up the double play combo for Estrellas de Oriente. Nunez batted lead-off and went 1-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Florimon went 1-for-2 with an RBI before leaving for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning.

Wilkin Castillo went 0-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt. He has been playing winter ball since the season started in early October, but he has played just nine games, going 3-for-25 at the plate.

In Puerto Rico, Danny Ortiz has been on a hot streak for two weeks now. He went 3-for-4 with a run scored on Sunday, giving him a 1.006 OPS in his last ten games. Before this streak started, Ortiz was next to last in OPS, right under the .500 mark. He has raised that to .621 through 36 games, which is just below league average in a very pitcher-friendly league. The highest teams OPS is .660, while the lowest team has a .596 OPS.

In Mexico, Carlos Munoz went 0-for-3 with a walk, run scored and a strikeout. He has a .249/.353/.399 slash line in 55 games.

In Australia, I missed Sam Street’s appearances from Friday, then he went again on Sunday. In the first game, he went one shutout inning, allowing two hits, while striking out two batters. On Sunday he threw 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up two hits, with no walks or strikeouts. In four appearances this winter, he has allowed one run over 6.2 innings, surrendering eight hits and three walks, with three strikeouts.

  • Boscan is an interesting possibility and is still young enough in that he just turned 26. With the 40 innings in the Winter League he now has about 170 innings for 2015 and I am glad he is shutting it down.

    He had some rough times coming through the minors, but I noticed a spike up to 2.68 in his GO/AO ratio. I think his GO/AO was about 1.15 at AAA Indy in 2015, and his recent years in the minors were not very ground ball heavy either. Is this something that he was given to work on in the Winter League?

    • He may have decided to work on it, but he was a free agent for more than half of his winter time, so I don’t think the Pirates had any influence in that regard. He had a really good year in 2015, especially when you consider three call-ups without playing, which got him off a regular schedule each time. I think we could see him at some point in 2016, probably in the same emergency innings-eating role he was called up for each time. Early in the year, he might be a spot starter option, depending on who else the Pirates sign this off-season. Right now, he’s the sixth starter, but I expect that to change

      • I was aware of the FA situation with Boscan, but like Jaff Decker, if nobody picks them up, there may be a good chance they could be re-signed by the Pirates. I was wondering if his pitch selection had changed or whether he was just able to keep the ball down to generate GB’s. Whatever caused it, I sure hope he will be able to continue on that path – it certainly suits the Pirate way of doing things.