Winter Leagues: Jose Osuna Hits His First Homer; Heredia Struggles Again

In Venezuela on Saturday night, Jose Osuna went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in his team’s 5-3 victory. His team homered four times in the game, accounting for all of their runs. Going back to the regular season with Indianapolis, Osuna went 119 at-bats without a home run before his shot in this game. He is hitting .276/.382/.483 through eight games.

Elvis Escobar went 2-for-4 with his second triple and third stolen base. He scored a run, picked up an RBI and drew his first walk of the season. Escobar is hitting .414/.433/.586 in 30 plate appearances.

John Kuchno made his second start and allowed two runs on three hits in four innings. He had no walks, five strikeouts, and hit two batters (technically hit one batter two times). He threw 52 of his 78 pitches for strikes and had a 3:1 GO/AO ratio. Kuchno gave up one run over 3.2 innings in his debut.

In Mexico, Luis Heredia made his second appearance, trying to bounce back from allowing three runs while recording just one out in his debut on Thursday. He was able to keep the runs off the board on Saturday, but he still didn’t pitch well. Heredia gave up a single and two walks, while recording two outs. He left with the bases loaded and former Pirate Roberto Espinosa bailed him out by stranding all three runners. Heredia threw 29 pitches, with just 12 going for strikes.

Carlos Munoz went 2-for-4 with two singles. He is 3-for-8 in three games this season.

  • I hope Osuna develops b/c behind Meadows, if I’m correct, there isn’t much in the way of outfield talent pushing to the majors any time soon. Maybe that’s ok but if Cutch is traded, all of a sudden, that kinda matters.

  • I know the competition obviously isnt on par with MLB games but it seems like Osuna would be a bordeline hall of famer if he played all his games in Venezuela based on last winter and his early results so far this “winter”.

    • Osuna’s stats this season weren’t bad. He had 37 doubles, had about 70 rib, and hit .278. I would hope the Bucs add him to the roster in November. If he is left off I could see him being taken in the Rule 5 draft at the Winter Meetings.

      • If he isn’t added to the 40-man roster by the Pirates, then that would make him a free agent. The only way he would be eligible for the Rule 5 draft is if a team signs him to a minor league deal. That rarely happens because if a team is willing to take him in the Rule 5, then they would probably offer him a 40-man spot ahead of time so they have the option to send him down. Wouldn’t make sense to pass on him as a free agent, then turn around and pay $50,000 to pick him and have to keep him in the majors all season. It has happened a couple times, though the examples I can think of all had prior MLB experience.

        A player like Osuna probably wouldn’t settle on a minor league deal before the draft