On Friday night in the Dominican, Oddy Nunez moved into a starter role, though he is still building his pitch count, so it was a limited outing. He went two shutout innings, with no hits, one walk and one strikeout. He threw a shutout inning in his debut five days earlier.
Pablo Reyes went 2-for-3 with two singles and a walk. He split this game on defense between third base and center field.
Alfredo Reyes went 1-for-2 with a single before leaving for a pinch-hitter in the eighth. He is 2-for-5 in three games.
In Colombia on Friday afternoon, 18-year-old infielder Edgar Barrios was taken second overall in the Colombian winter league draft. He was signed by the Pirates in January and played in the DSL this past season, where he saw double digit starts at second base, shortstop and third base. He stole 15 bases and drew 32 walks in 63 games. Barrios participated in the Fall Instructional League in Bradenton earlier this month.
On Saturday in the Dominican, Jesus Liranzo had an impressive outing while picking up the win. He struck out all three batters he faced, throwing a total of 13 pitches. He had two strikeouts in his only previous inning. Liranzo had 65 strikeouts in 57 innings this season, split between Altoona and Indianapolis.
Pablo Reyes went 0-for-4 and started at second base, then finished at shortstop. It’s the third time that he has played three positions in a game. After just one week, he has already played four positions. He’s hitting .238 with four walks and one strikeout in six games.
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