Winter Leagues: Jung-Ho Kang Continues Slow Start with Rough Friday Night

Thursday was a slow day for winter league action, as the Dominican League had the day off. Below you will find action from the last two days in winter ball around the Dominican, Venezuela and Mexico.

On Thursday in Venezuela, Elvis Escobar went 0-for-3 with a walk. It broke his seven-game hit streak, but he still has a season-long nine-game on base streak after his performance on Friday night (see below).

On Thursday in Mexico, Carlos Munoz went 1-for-4 with an RBI single. He becomes a minor league free agent next month unless he re-signs with the Pirates before that happens, so Munoz is playing for a 2018 job at this point.

Friday’s Action

In the Dominican, Jung-Ho Kang had his toughest night so far, going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and his third error. He is now 1-for-17 with eight strikeouts in five games. His lone hit came on Opening Day.

Pablo Reyes went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. He is 2-for-13 with two walks through his first five games.

Montana DuRapau made his third appearance and did well in a big spot, retiring the only batter he faced on a grounder, stranding two runners in the process. He needed just one pitch for the out. He came into the day with 1.2 innings pitched, allowing five runs on three hits, three walks and a hit batter.

In Venezuela, Elvis Escobar went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs. He had a single, double, walk and picked up an outfield assist. He’s hitting .343 in 35 at-bats this winter.

  • I would have to think that it will take Kang a few more at bats to have any to have any success. Does a pitching machines throw a good curveball and changeup?

  • If Kang doesn’t improve and quickly he will be shipped back to South Korea. Lets just all collectively forget about him. A one time steal for the Pirates, as luck would have it, turns out to the team’s biggest disappointment.

    • You are so right! 8 games is long enough to make an evaluation. Are you a serious fan of baseball or just a troll?

      • Serious question, how many more starts do you think his winter ball team gives him? I know they play for the wins down there so if he continues to put up less than stellar at bats then the manager could pull him.

        • I don’t really know. But regardless of how many more, evaluating someone after 17 ABs is ridiculous

          • Steven Blemker
            October 23, 2017 2:08 pm

            He also wrote Hearn off after reading a two inning recap. Can’t take him seriously…