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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Winter Leagues: Jose Osuna Helps His Team in Venezuela to a Playoff Spot

In Venezuela on Sunday, Jose Osuna wrapped up the regular season by starting both games of a doubleheader in right field. After playing first base and left field once each during his first week of winter ball, Osuna was strictly a right fielder for the rest of his games in the field (he had one DH appearance in the middle of that stretch). Osuna went 1-for-3 with a single, a run scored and a stolen base in the first game on Sunday. In game two, he went 0-for-3.

Osuna finished his winter regular season with a .368/.427/.544 slash line in 18 games. He didn’t have enough plate appearances to qualify for league leaders, but if you use 18 games played as the minimum, he would have ranked third in average, sixth in OBP, fourth in slugging and third in OPS. The playoffs begin on Thursday in Venezuela.

As a side note, former Pirates prospect Harold Ramirez followed up his Eastern League batting title this year by winning the Venezuelan league batting title with a .381 average.

In Australia, Robbie Glendinning finished his weekend off strong by going 2-for-2 with his third home run and two walks. He is now hitting .321/.406/.566 in 15 games. He doesn’t have enough plate appearances to qualify for league leaders, but he would rank top ten in all three of those hitting categories if he did. If you missed it from Saturday, we did an interview with Glendinning here, which gave a lot of information on playing in the Australian league.

In the Dominican, Alfredo Reyes started at third base and had an 0-for-3 night. This was his second straight start after not getting a plate appearances during the first five games of the playoffs. He went 1-for-3 with a walk on Saturday.

In Puerto Rico, Rodolfo Castro went 0-for-1 off of the bench and played third base, where he made his first error of the winter. This was the final regular season game in Puerto Rico. Castro hit .269/.296/.269 in eight games. The playoffs begin on Wednesday.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

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