In Venezuela on Thursday night, Jose Osuna went 1-for-3 with a three-run double in game one of a doubleheader. In game two, Osuna went 1-for-2 with a single, before leaving the game early when the score got out of hand. He committed his third error of the winter in game one, misplaying one of two grounders hit his way. He handled one grounder cleanly and another one to him ended up as an infield single in the second game. All three of his errors in 11 games at third base have occurred while fielding grounders, so he hasn’t had any issues with his limited amount of throws. He has 21 total chances, 15 being grounders.

Danny Ortiz went 0-for-3 with an RBI in game one of a doubleheader. He went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in the second game. He is 2-for-24 through seven games.

Elvis Escobar was used as a defensive replacement for the second straight night without getting an at-bat. He’s hitting .287/.335/.350 in 44 games.

In the Dominican, Anderson Feliz went 1-for-4 with a single. He has a .287 average through 32 games, with five doubles, two triples and one homer.

In Mexico, Carlos Munoz went 1-for-3 with his seventh double and a walk. He’s hitting .262/.362/.376 over 46 games.

In Australia on Friday, Jin-De Jhang went 1-for-4 with a single. He is hitting .222/.282/.306 in ten games. On defense, he threw out three of the four runners who attempted stolen bases in this game. He has thrown out seven of ten runners this season. I’ll note that his stats say he is 10-for-13, but three of those were runners getting picked off of first base and getting thrown out at second. Those plays are considered a caught stealing, but shouldn’t be credited to the catcher because he wasn’t involved in the play in any of those cases (all three were scored 1-3-6 outs). That still means that Jhang has thrown out 70% of runners. I was watching with one of the successful steals and it was a huge jump off of the pitcher, with Jhang not even attempting a throw.

Michael Suchy went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He’s hitting .186/.280/349 through 12 games.

In Colombia on Wednesday night, Francisco Acuna went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. He has a .247/.382/.342 slash line through 24 games.

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they signed right-handed pitcher Richard Rodriguez on Thursday. He has been pitching for Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican. Rodriguez has a 5.51 ERA in 16.1 innings over 18 appearances. On the plus side, he has a 25:2 SO/BB ratio and has not allowed an earned run in his last seven appearances. Over those last 6.2 innings, he has given up just two hits and a walk.

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  1. Kind of a rough start defensively for Jose Osuna at 3B, but the experience he is getting right now will pay dividends to the Pirates in the future.

    Nice work by de Jhang – was this expected of him?

    • Jhang is going to be interesting to follow this year assuming he gets full time catching duties in Altoona and he stays healthy. He has a big opportunity to show what he’s capable of in the upper minors now that he doesn’t have Reese McGuire ahead of him.

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