Winter Leagues: Edgar Santana Returns to the Mound

Not much action today because some big names (Marte, Kang, Espinal, Pablo Reyes) saw their games rained out on Wednesday.

In the Dominican on Wednesday, Edgar Santana made his third appearance of the winter and allowed one unearned run in his one inning of work. He gave up a single and a walk, while picking up a strikeout. Santana allowed three earned runs over one inning of work in his first two outings combined. He had not pitched since October 24th.

Anderson Feliz went 1-for-4, driving in two runs and scoring a run. He stole his second base and committed his third error. Feliz is hitting .286/.375/.500 through 17 games. He is a minor league free agent at this time.

In Venezuela, Elvis Escobar was used as a defensive replacement in left field for the final two innings. He did not get a chance to bat. He is hitting .271/.319/.327 through 29 games.

In Mexico, Carlos Munoz went 0-for-3 with two walks. He is hitting .272/.375/.359 through 29 games, with 12 walks and ten strikeouts. Munoz is still a minor league free agent.

Christian Navarro, who signed with the Pirates as an international free agent on July 2nd, played his sixth game of the winter. It’s odd to see a player make his winter debut before his pro debut, especially in an advanced winter league like the one in Mexico. Navarro has been used four times as a pinch-runner and twice as a pinch-hitter, striking out both times. He’s an outfielder, but hasn’t played on defense yet.

In Colombia, Francisco Acuna went 1-for-4 with a walk on Tuesday night, while handling five plays at shortstop. He’s hitting .125/.300/.167 as one of the youngest players (turns 18 in January) in the league. He started each of his team’s first nine games, before he was on the bench for Wednesday night’s game.

  • I’m still hopeful with Edgar. Debut was a little shaky but I think his slider just might be a special pitch.