Winter Leagues: Suchy and Glendinning Continue to Hit Well in Australia

In Australia on Saturday, Robbie Glendinning went 2-for-5 with a double, run scored and an RBI. He’s hitting .357/.486/.500 through his first seven games. This year’s 21st round draft pick has played all seven games at shortstop, committing one error in 37 chances.

Michael Suchy went 1-for-4 with a single. He extended his on base streak to 14 games. Suchy is hitting .268/.354/.474 through 26 games.

In Venezuela, Elvis Escobar went 1-for-3 with a triple, walk, run scored and an RBI in his team’s 5-2 win. He is 4-for-15 with three walks in four playoff games.

Engelb Vielma went 0-for-3 on Saturday. He’s now 3-for-13 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI in four playoff games.

In Mexico, Jerrick Suiter had a tough fifth game of the playoffs, but his team still won by a 5-3 score. They are now down 3-2 in the seven-game series. Suiter grounded into a double play in his first at-bat, then struck out next time up. He was pinch-hit for in the sixth inning. Suiter was moved down in the lineup for this game as well, hitting seventh after batting 4th/5th in his first 11 games. I’ve mentioned in the past that foreign players need to produce to stick around in these leagues and if his team continues on in the playoffs, he needs to produce soon. He is 1-for-12 in the playoffs, though he has drawn five walks. Suiter had a .506 OPS in his seven regular season games, so he hasn’t had a productive 12-game stretch in Mexico.

Carlos Munoz went 0-for-1 with three walks. He’s not doing much better than Suiter, going 2-for-13 in the first five games.

In the Dominican, Anderson Feliz went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. He’s batting .258 through eight playoff games.

The Pirates signed right-handed pitcher Tyler Jones to a minor league deal on Friday. He played winter ball in the Dominican earlier this off-season and did not pitch well. Jones had a 6.48 ERA in 8.1 innings over 11 appearances. He had a .359 BAA, a 2.04 WHIP and six strikeouts.

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