Winter Leagues: Elias Diaz Makes Possible Winter Finale Count

In Venezuela on Tuesday, Elias Diaz possibly played his last game of the winter and he made it count. He is now off to the Rookie Career Development Program that is being held in Washingon DC, which runs through Sunday. His team could be eliminated from the playoffs before he returns to play. Diaz went 3-for-6 in the extra inning win, collecting two doubles, scoring twice and driving in two runs. He was 1-for-8 in the first two games of the playoffs.

Jose Osuna didn’t quite have the night that Diaz had, but he still had a pretty good game. Osuna went 3-for-6 with a double and a run scored. He was 1-for-9 in the first two games. I included a defensive play from Osuna at first base because it was the only video posted for a Pirates’ player last night.

Jorge Rondon allowed a run on two hits and a walk in his first playoff appearance. He picked up two outs, including the last out of the fifth inning, stranding an inherited runner in the process. Rondon was facing Osuna and Diaz’s team, but he did not face either of them in this game.

He signed with the Marlins earlier this off-season, but Junior Sosa had a night worth mentioning. He picked up five hits and drove in three runs on Tuesday, including an extra inning walk-off single.

In the Dominican, Gustavo Nunez went 0-for-3, giving him a .240 average in the playoffs.

Wilkin Castillo went 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in two runs. He is 9-for-29 in the playoffs. Castillo had a total of 13 hits this year between the regular season with Indianapolis and the winter regular season.

In Puerto Rico, Danny Ortiz went 1-for-3 in his team’s 2-0 win. He is 2-for-10 in the first three games of the playoffs, which have all been low scoring games, with a total of six runs scored between both teams.

In Mexico, Carlos Munoz went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout before leaving for a pinch-hitter in the ninth, taking away his chance to face Daniel Moskos with the game on the line. Munoz had three hits in the second game of the playoffs and none in the other three games.

  • Now its off to career development camp for Elias Diaz and maybe some important
    rest before he starts a really important season for him and maybe the Pirates.

    • The Pirates actually gave him a lot of rest during the season since he was splitting time with Tony Sanchez. Diaz only caught 60 games all year, so I thought the winter league time was really good for him, plus he got a late start to winter ball. Even if he does go back, winter ball is over in a month(and games aren’t everyday) so he should be fine.

      • John,
        Really good point; I guess that’s why you are an expert.
        Thank you.

      • Diaz should have gotten the majority of the playing time last season, it was a waste to give it to Sanchez as the latest developments prove.

  • Looks like he was surprised he caught the ball!

    • plus, it was a pretty low toss to the pitcher.

      • Yeah that’s why the description of the video by me was more of a disclaimer than a reason to watch it. It was there and they liked it judging by the title(“gran jugada” means big play) so I included it.