Winter Leagues: Poor Hitting All Around to Start the Week

Monday was a very slow night in winter ball, so the last two days are covered below, starting with action in the Dominican. On Monday night, Alen Hanson had a tough night, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. On Tuesday, he grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, then stayed in the game as the DH and singled in the ninth. Hanson is hitting .258 through 93 at-bats, with just two extra-base hits and three walks.

Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. He was caught stealing for the first time this winter.

Pedro Florimon also saw action on Monday, going 0-for-3 before leaving for a pinch-hitter. On Tuesday, he went 1-for-3 with a single. He is hitting .210 through 16 games, with a double, two triples and two stolen bases.

Gustavo Nunez went 0-for-3 with a walk and strikeout. He is hitting .195 through 25 games and he had just five hits during the entire month of November, which included three hits in one game last week.

Starling Marte took batting practice with Escogido on Monday. He has expressed a desire to play winter ball this year, but he would need permission from the Pirates to play. Gregory Polanco took batting practice, worked out with Escogido and even played in a minor league game last year, but the Pirates wouldn’t allow him to play. So for now, Marte could just be doing some off-season workouts.

In Puerto Rico, Danny Ortiz went 1-for-4 with a single. He picked up his third outfield assist in the last ten days. Ortiz is hitting .169 through 77 at-bats.

In Mexico, Carlos Munoz went 0-for-5 and he is currently in a 6-for-37 slump, with a .433 OPS over his last ten games. Despite the slump, he still has an .825 OPS in 40 games, ranking 14th in the league.

Sebastian Valle went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. In 17 games, he is hitting .242 with one walk and 16 strikeouts.

Felipe Gonzalez pitched the bottom of the 11th and started with a strikeout against Miguel Olivo, but that was followed by four straight singles to bring home the winning run in a 7-6 loss.

The Veracruz League(Mexico) began play on Tuesday, but no Pirates’ players saw action. The rosters haven’t been posted yet, so I don’t know for sure if any will be in the league. The final winter league to start play this year will be the one in Panama, which begins on December 10th.

  • I’d like to see him get an agressive push to Bradenton. sink or swim.

    • Probably won’t happen with the guys ahead of him. Espinal/Osuna will probably be at Altoona, Joe/Simpson/Suiter will be at Bradenton

  • piraterican21
    December 2, 2015 8:56 am

    Carlos Munoz is developing a pattern of starting fast only to fade. I understand that is a higher level and that the league gets better as the season continues, and yes, conditioning might be a factor but is similar pattern he showed this past milb season.

    • It has been something he has shown a lot. At least with this league he has an excuse. He is young for the league and it has gotten better as the year goes along, so his overall numbers are terrific. He was old for the Appy League this year though, and definitely top end what you want to see in the GCL last year and the DSL the year before. Even in 2012, I got reports that he looked tired mid-season, though they have two full months of Spring Training, so his conditioning was a big issue then. It was obviously an issue in 2011 when he signed and kept him from getting much playing time.

      The strange part about him being such a bad finisher is that he still draws walks and doesn’t strikeout, so it’s basically the contact getting weak. He has 18 walks and 24 strikeouts this winter. That K total is very high compared to his norm, but he is facing much better pitching than he has seen in the minors. It’s strange to say someone’s BB/SO ratio gets worse every year for the last four seasons and he had a 41/28 BB/SO ratio this year. But it’s true and very impressive.