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.
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.