In Australia on Friday, Jin-De Jhang was named to the All-Star game representing the World Team. He is hitting .273/.333/.364 through 12 games this winter and playing impressive defense, which includes a 70% caught stealing rate. There was a final fan ballot to pick the last two spots on the World Team and Michael Suchy ended up getting a spot on the team as well. The game will be held next Thursday.

In other news from Australia, Sam Street was added to the Melbourne roster this weekend, so he could get a chance to face Sydney and their two Pirate All-Stars. The 25-year-old Street had a 2.74 ERA over 69 innings and 31 appearances this past season in Bradenton.

As for action on the field from Friday in Australia, Michael Suchy was the only one of the three Pirates to play and he went 1-for-4 with a single. He’s hitting .214/.313/.429 through 16 games.

In Venezuela on Thursday, Elvis Escobar went 1-for-4 with a single and a run scored. He split the game between left field and right field, picking up his third outfield assist of the winter. He’s hitting .277/.331/.342 through 50 games.

In Colombia on Wednesday, Francisco Acuna went 0-for-4, failing to reach base for the first time this winter in a game in which he had at least four plate appearances. Acuna was out of the lineup for the first time this winter on Tuesday. He’s hitting .232/.364/.317 through 27 games.

In Mexico on Thursday, Carlos Munoz went 1-for-3 with a run scored. He’s hitting .269/.372/.377 through 52 games.

If you missed it from yesterday, Starling Marte had a big day in the Dominican on Wednesday night. The Dominican league had off on Thursday.

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  1. Jim Bowden is reporting MLB Owners and Family Partnerships are receiving $50 mil from Disney’s Bamtech sale. It is actually $86 mil over 2 payments, This is not considered baseball revenue.

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