On Thursday night in Venezuela, Jose Osuna played his second game at third base this winter. After having just one play in his hot corner debut on Wednesday, Osuna barely saw more action on Thursday. He handled one grounder cleanly and another batter reached on an infield single to third base. Without seeing that play, it’s unknown whether he had a chance to get the runner. So through two games, he officially has two chances in the field. At the plate, Osuna went 0-for-4 with a walk, leaving him 3-for-19, with a double and two walks through five games.

Elvis Escobar went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He is now hitting .252/.302/.303 in 35 games.

No word yet on when Elias Diaz could begin to play, but it could be soon. The team hoped he would begin a week after Jose Osuna debuted, which would mean he debuts tomorrow night. Diaz needs permission from the Pirates first before he can start to play.

In Australia on Thursday, Jin-De Jhang went 1-for-4 with a single and a run scored. He threw out a runner trying to steal, leaving him 3-for-3 throwing out runners. Jhang went 0-for-4 on Friday, leaving him 4-for-19 with a home run through five games.

Michael Suchy went 0-for-4 on Thursday, then 1-for-4 with a single on Friday. He is 4-for-21 with a double, home run and a walk in his first six games.

In Colombia on Wednesday night, 17-year-old shortstop Francisco Acuna went 3-for-5 with a double. He’s now hitting .238/.373/.286 through 14 games, reaching base safely in 13 of those contests. The Colombian league was off on Thursday.

In action from late Wednesday night in Mexico, Carlos Munoz went 0-for-4 with a walk. He did not play on Thursday night. Munoz is hitting .252/.355/.330 in 35 games.

The Dominican league was off on Thursday.

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    • Part of the intrigue last year in Altoona was that besides the added power, he cut down on his strikeouts, increased his walks and showed better defense at third base. None of those categories were up to 2016 standards in Triple-A. The power was still there, but it’s not plus power and it came with a .311 OBP. If he’s not getting on base more often and showing strong defense, then there isn’t as much to like.

      If you remember last year, people were worried about him being a Rule 5 pick, but now with a year of Triple-A, no one mentions him.

      I still want to see what he can do this season coming up. Last year he played a lot of baseball, basically going straight through from early March until Christmas with no time off. He also spent time at other positions, so maybe his play at third base wasn’t as sharp because he wasn’t there as often.

      • I wasn’t trying to say he could be a longtime solution, but just wondered why he couldn’t be a filler for a year or so. I can’t imagine a scenario where this group of Pirates contends next season. I guess if they start out hot, then he probably shouldn’t be playing, but even our best most recent teams start out slow. I would actually prefer to see him playing third before Freeze.

  1. I think having Osuna play third is at the very least good posturing to show “depth” there. In reality I think we’re desperate for a real starter at third unless you think that is Harrison with Moroff/Frazier/SRod/Kramer at 2B.

    • We won’t have a good idea of that until we see him in person more often. There are signs that point to his defense being strong, including last year when he was starting at shortstop in winter ball at age 16. The Pirates also didn’t use him at another position in the DSL

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