In what may be his last game of the winter, Jose Osuna went out with a bang. His team announced before Saturday’s game that Osuna will be joining the Pittsburgh Pirates at their winter mini-camp on Sunday, with the possibility of returning to the team during the semi-finals of the playoffs. The only hitch is that his team has to win their first round series still, and do it now without Osuna. He did all he could on Saturday night before he left for Bradenton, going 5-for-6 with two walks in his team’s 2-1 win in 16 innings. If his playoffs are indeed over, he hit .591 in five games.

For the fourth time in the playoffs, Elvis Escobar came off the bench. For the third game in a row, he made his appearance as a pinch-runner, then stayed in the game in left field. Escobar got two at-bats in this game, going 1-for-2 with a single and a strikeout. He had just one at-bat in the first three games.

In the only game in the Dominican, Eury Perez went 2-for-5 with an RBI. He is now hitting .410 through nine playoff games.

In Mexico, Carlos Munoz went 2-for-5 with two singles and a run scored, as his team lost 4-3. That eliminated his team from the playoffs. Munoz went 5-for-20 in the playoffs, with four singles and a home run. While his season is likely over, he is eligible to be drafted for the next round of the playoffs. The odds of him being picked are slim though. Only four players total will be picked from the three teams eliminated.

In Nicaragua, Anderson Feliz went 1-for-3 in the first game of the playoffs, as his team dropped a 2-1 decision. During the regular season this winter, Feliz played all 48 games and hit .305/.391/.465 in 200 at-bats.

In Puerto Rico, Danny Ortiz went 1-for-4 with an RBI in his team’s 5-4 loss. He is still a free agent despite winning the league’s batting crown and leading the league in OPS.

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  1. Osuna’s play last year in the winter, in AA & AAA, and this winter really makes me think that they could give up Josh Bell and it not hurt that bad. Osuna tears up lefties and is a better fielder than Bell. I saw Osuna in Clearwater last spring and he smoked a long homer dead center. He is strong.

    • I don’t disagree with the statement if he continues to evolve with a season where he starts at AAA… But isn’t the point to put top talent together for an extended period of time? If he’s the real deal…I’d imagine that you (me too.. Lol) would like to have one in RF and one at 1B while replenishing your farm with a (fingers crossed) 4WAR Cutch. So I guess I agree with everything you say but the player I’d be more comfortable with letting go if he’s legit is Cutch.

      • If Cutch moves off CF he will be a 4+ WAR guy you would think. If he stays there 2.5 might be a miracle. Although Cutch in left at PNC might not be all that great either. Osuna since the beginning of 2015-16 Venezuelan league has 930 AB. That taken down to 600 AB he is at: .298/.363/.463/.826. Really good numbers over 1000 plate appearances. Over that span he averages 42 doubles/17HR/62XBH/57BB/103K. He also cut down on mistakes in the OF. I don’t know how much range he has at 1B but I know he is better than Bell there. I love Bell’s bat and would hate to see him go but Osuna’s bat is solid and keeps improving. He is a sound hitter with a solid approach. He’s patient enough and makes contact and has potential for more power. Not much not to like about a guy that is just a bonus if he contributes.

      • Osuna does not get a lot of attention as some of the Bucs minor league players but I think he should be someone to keep an eye on. He had over 200 at bats at AAA last season hit over .290 with 7 homers and about 30 RBI. I am anxious to see how he does in spring training games this March.

        • I believe he has been mentioned in almost 900 articles here, so if anyone thinks he isn’t getting a lot of attention, it’s not our fault. He’s been in the top 50 prospects since 2011 and was covered back in the Venezuela Summer League when he was still known as Jose Ozuna, before coming to the US and correcting the spelling. Due to how long he has been a prospect and his winter ball play, he’s actually well up there in coverage here. Not like the top prospects, Glasnow, Bell, Taillon, etc, but a lot more than the average top 20-30 prospect. For comparison, Max Moroff has been mentioned 726 times

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