In the Dominican on Friday night, both games had one player from the Pirates on each side. In the first game, Jason Rogers made his debut for Tigres del Licey at first base, while Eric Wood was on the other side in left field. Neither player had a good day, with Rogers going 0-for-5 with two strikeouts, despite his team scoring 13 runs and picking up 17 hits. Wood went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and his fourth error of the season. He is hitting .204 through 15 games, with a double, home run, eight walks and 15 strikeouts.

In the other game, Willy Garcia and Pablo Reyes both got starts. Reyes went 0-for-4 before being pinch-hit for in the ninth inning. He is 1-for-12 in his last three games, but he still has a .333 average through 20 games. Garcia went 0-for-2, but unlike the other three Pirates in the Dominican, he reached base twice on walks. Garcia was pinch-run for in the ninth inning by Michael Martinez.

In Venezuela, Elias Diaz went 0-for-3 and caught the entire game. He left Tuesday’s game early with a strained intercostal muscle on his right side. After sitting out Wednesday, Diaz caught five innings on Thursday. He is hitting .282/.310/.436 through 12 games.

Jose Osuna went 1-for-4 with a single and a strikeout. He has a .702 OPS through 48 games.

In Mexico, Carlos Munoz went 1-for-3 with a two-run triple in the sixth inning which tied the score, then Munoz came around to score the go-ahead run in his team’s 3-2 victory. He is hitting .188/.282/.260 through 37 games.

In Australia, Sam Kennelly went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and two errors.

In Puerto Rico, Danny Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a walk, raising his league-leading average to .380 through 24 games. He is still a free agent.

For the second article in a row, we have a departure to announce for a winter league player. Yesterday it was Cesilio Pimentel being taken in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft. On Friday night, Jhondaniel Medina announced that he signed with the Chicago Cubs as a minor league free agent. He has spent the last four seasons with the Pirates, topping out at Indianapolis this season. Medina has been able to put up strong results in the minors, despite not having the best control. He has a chance to make the majors, though there isn’t much upside due to his control issues, which have shown up this winter with 11 walks in 16.1 innings.

Medina had two of the more interesting streaks over the past few years. In 2014, he didn’t allow a single earned run after April 30th, posting a 0.00 ERA in May, June, July and August/September. The other streak was 92 consecutive appearances, and 128.1 innings without allowing a home run. As far as time, he went from June 29, 2013 until August 18, 2015 without serving up a homer.

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  1. The human element of things, because this isn’t a video game, I’m sure the uncertainty for a young player of where he’ll be now will at least get him right mentally for the next 10 months or so (barring a trade). Whether everything physically comes with that now is anyone’s guess.

    Yes, I know some of you like to say with such certainty that “it’s the business and they knew it when they signed up for it.” The reality is that he’s still a kid. Also, if we want to be that crass about it with baseball players… I suppose we should do the same to a factory worker who loses his job or anyone else for that matter. We hold athletes on this invisible pedestal and always go back to “well they knew.”

  2. Hey Eric, rule5 draft is over, feel free to start hitting. Kidding aside, must be disappointing for the kid, hope he makes it to show.

    • He only has to make it through Kang, Freese, Harrison, Newman, Hanson, Rogers, Mercer, and possibly even Jaso. And while he is keeping his eye on the ball in AAA, he will need to keep his eye on the rear view mirror to see who may be coming up from behind.

      Glad he is still with the Pirates, but he really has a challenge ahead of him in 2017.

      • Rogers? He is only ahead of Wood because he’s a career minor leaguer and NH made the idiotic trade to get him. He can’t hit or field a position. A very poor man’s Pedro…

        • We gave up a pretty good player who now
          has played at the MLB level.
          My only confused thought about this though
          is “can Rogers really be as bad as his
          numbers looked in 2016.”

          • Broxton had a Rogers season last year for the Brewers. His WAR and offense was inflated by an extremely high BABIP. If you look at his projection this year with a BABIP that’s still above average but not unusually high like last year, he’s not even a 1 WAR player over a full season. We’ll see how it plays out but it looks like we gave up not much to get not much.

            • We also had no depth in AAA at the position and the uncertainty of Kang’s leg. He was an insurance policy if Freesee went down and Kang wasn’t ready.

          • Broxton was out of options and the Pirates were going to lose him regardless. They needed somebody who had options left and could be the fallback if Kang was unable to make the start of the regular season. Why throw in Supak was the real question.

            Rogers never got a chance with the Pirates because NH panicked and signed Freese, thereby reversing his stance on Rogers who was sent to AAA. Freese started like a house afire and Rogers lost out.

        • What’s that say about Wood’s hitting then? Rogers hit better at every level of the minor leagues. Wood is this year’s Carlos Munoz or Jose Osuna. I doubt Rogers suddenly forgot how to hit last year just like I doubt Wood is suddenly an All Star because he produced at a decent level (117 RC+) at AA (worse than Rogers BTW 136 RC+ and 121 RC+ over his 2 partial seasons at AA) his second time through the Eastern League. (77 RC+ his 1st time through AA). Hopefully Wood will continue improvement at the AAA level but your instance on absolutes such as Rogers can’t hit, he’s a career minor leaguer, Wood is suddenly a better hitter because of one season, etc. are just not based in reality.

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