In the Dominican on Wednesday night, Eric Wood went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, as he waited to hear what the Rule 5 draft would hold for his future. Wood didn’t get picked, but Cesilio Pimentel did get selected. While he isn’t considered a prospect, Pimentel was playing winter ball in the Dominican this year, so that’s takes away one player from our coverage.

Pablo Reyes followed up his four-hit game with a 1-for-4 night.

Willy Garcia grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning, then finished the game in center field. He is hitting .225/.289/.250 through 17 games.

Kelvin Marte allowed two runs on six hits and one walk in five innings. He had three strikeouts and an 8:2 GO/AO ratio. Marte has a 1.45 ERA through 43.1 innings. He remains a free agent.

In Venezuela, Jose Osuna went 1-for-3 with a walk, a strikeout and a run scored.

In Mexico, Luis Heredia pitched the final two innings of his team’s 5-4 win in 14 innings.  He allowed one run on one hit and three walks (one intentional), with one strikeout. Heredia has a 5.04 ERA through 30.1 innings, with 18 walks and 26 strikeouts. Mexico is a high offense league, so perhaps his most impressive stat is zero home runs allowed. Heredia has a 1.44 GO/AO ratio.

Carlos Munoz went 1-for-4 with a run scored, before leaving for a pinch-runner in the eighth inning.

In Puerto Rico, Danny Ortiz went 2-for-5 with a run scored. He leads the league with a .375 average.


In Venezuela on Thursday night, Elias Diaz made a quick return from an injury that caused him to leave Tuesday night in the sixth inning while he was batting. Diaz sat out Wednesday with a strained intercostal muscle on his right side, then returned to the lineup on Thursday and went 0-for-1 before leaving for a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning. Before anyone panics though, he left because the score was 8-0 at the time.

Jose Osuna went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk. He is hitting .259/.333/.374 through 47 games.

Julio Vivas was traded to a new team in Venezuela nearly two weeks ago, but he made his first appearance with them on Thursday night. He recorded the final two outs of the sixth inning and stranded a runner, though he did issue two walks to load the bases.

In the Dominican, Eric Wood went 1-for-4 with a single and two strikeouts. He’s hitting .222/.352/.311 through 14 games. Wood started this game in left field, then moved to first base for the final inning. He has not played third base since the second game of his winter season.

Pablo Reyes had a rare off night, going 0-for-4. He is batting .355 through 19 games.

In Mexico,  Carlos Munoz went 1-for-2 with a single, sacrifice bunt and a hit-by-pitch. He also scored a run, which is noteworthy because he went 33 games to start the season without scoring a run, yet he has now scored in three straight games.

In Australia, Sam Kennelly went 1-for-4 with a single. He is hitting .158 through 13 games.

In Nicaragua, Anderson Feliz is batting .349/.425/.550 through 29 games.

In Colombia, Henrry Rosario is hitting .247/.376/.325 through 95 plate appearances.

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  1. Overwhelmed by how blah this offseason seems to me. I get it, as we all have to apparently, but it’s really blah to see division rivals actually making their teams better not just talking about it as ours is doing.
    I’m ok with it because I’d rather see a competitive team than a losing one. Just feels like other moves could be made to improve the team, not just dynamic moves but something.

  2. John: Will the Pirates elevate Diaz to be the back-up to Cervelli in 2017? I like the way Stewie has handled himself, but it is time to move on. He can do much more for the Pirates helping to get the Pitchers at AAA ready for MLB.

    In the “what have you done for me lately category”?

    Age (2017): Dexter Fowler 31; Andrew McCutchen 30
    Average Games/yr: DF 130; AM 150+
    Average OPS+: DF 107; AM 138 (103 in 2016)
    Contract: DF 5/$82.5 ($16.5mil/yr); AM 1/$14 mil + CO 2018 $14.5 mil

    • I think Stewart sticks around, at least to start the season. The reason why is the depth at catching right now. If anything happened to Cervelli or Diaz, then Stallings is the backup. He’s fine defensively and a short-term role in the majors won’t hurt the team, but you never want to get into a situation where he’s the full-time catcher. I think the Pirates will keep the depth at catcher and have Diaz ready to step in if he is needed.

      • Good points and It does make sense to start the season like that. But, Hurdle is not the poster boy for transitioning younger guys into the lineup, and I would hate to see some of these guys lose another year of development.

  3. If Sam Kennelly can’t hit.200 in Aussie summer beer league action I think it’s time to call him a scout and let him stay there. Seriously, it would probably be a raise and there must be some talent down there. Try to find a new talent market?

    • The Australian League is still fairly advanced for his age/experience. There are a handful of players with MLB experience, some with AAA, a lot with AA. The average player in the league is around 24.5 years old each season and he is 20.

      I think next year I’m going to include a guide with the players level compared to the level of player where they are at. For example, using the players above, Luis Heredia isn’t struggling. It’s a high offense league, with players who average six years older than him and he’s facing guys with AAA/MLB experience daily. Anderson Feliz looks like he’s doing great, but Nicaragua’s average level of player would be equivalent to what we see in Bristol. So for him, winter ball is more about staying in shape and making some extra money.

    • Turned 22 in August and no reason to move on now, he has a year left before free agency. Might as well see if you can turn him into something. Sitting 93-96 MPH this winter is a nice base to start at.

  4. I recommend that John Dreker be sent to the DR and report on the last week of the season. We need eyeballs on the ground and JD deserves a vacation.

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