In Puerto Rico on Wednesday night, Gage Hinsz continued his brilliant comeback from open heart surgery back in May. He tossed six shutout innings on four hits (all singles), one walk and he struck out eight batters. Hinsz has thrown shutout ball in four of his five winter starts. He was facing a lineup last night that had four players with Major League experience. He has a 1.08 ERA in 25 innings this winter, with a .182 BAA and a 23:7 SO/BB ratio.
In Venezuela, Jose Osuna went 1-for-4 with a single. He is 10-for-19 through his first five games this winter. Going back to last year, he has a 22-game hit streak in Venezuela, which is his team’s record.
In the Dominican, Pablo Reyes and Erik Gonzalez were on opposite sides for the second straight day. Gonzalez came out on top on Tuesday with an RBI double for the only run of the game. On Wednesday, Reyes had bragging rights, as his team won 8-2. He played left field and went 0-for-3 with an RBI on a sacrifice fly. Gonzalez was the DH and went 0-for-3 with a run scored. He’s now hitting .240/.256/.304 through 31 games, while Reyes is batting .252/.338/.326 in 39 games.
Ronny Agustin made his winter debut for Leones del Escogido and retired the side in order during his only inning of work. He threw 11 pitches, with eight going for strikes. Agustin picked up two strikeouts and a fly out. The 24-year-old southpaw had a 3.33 ERA and a .199 BAA in 46 innings over 32 appearances for the Bradenton Marauders in 2018.
Alfredo Reyes played third base and went 0-for-2 with a walk and an RBI in his team’s 5-4 win. He has a .327 average through 32 games.
In Panama, Brian Sousa made his second appearance and it went better than his debut. After allowed four runs on four hits and two walks over two innings last week, he came back with 2.2 shutout innings on one hit and one walk. He has five strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Sousa was suspended by the Pirates for all of 2018 (personal issues), but he is still with the organization. He signed as a 16-year-old in 2014 for a $160,000 bonus.
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