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Sunday, December 4, 2022

Winter Leagues: Regular Seasons Wrap Up in Colombia, Venezuela and Puerto Rico

In Australia on Saturday, Robbie Glendinning went 1-for-4 with a walk, run scored and an RBI. He is now hitting .294/.367/.490 in 14 games this winter. If you missed it from yesterday, we posted an article on Glendinning, where he gave a better idea of the competition level in Australia, while also talking about his experience playing year round and playing alongside a Major Leaguer this winter in the Perth infield.

In the Dominican on Saturday, Alfredo Reyes got a rare playoff start, and somewhat surprisingly (due to his outstanding defense), he was used as the DH. He went 1-for-3 with a walk, a double and a run scored. Reyes previously appeared in two other playoffs games, one as a pinch-runner and one as a defensive replacement, failing to get a plate appearance either time.

In Venezuela, Elvis Escobar retired the only batter he faced on a weak pop up back to the mound. He stranded two inherited runners. He has a 2.53 ERA and a .205 BAA in 18 appearances this winter. The regular season in Venezuela wraps up today. Escobar’s team and Jose Osuna’s team will both be in the playoffs, which start late next week.

In Puerto Rico, Rodolfo Castro started at second base and went 0-for-2 before leaving for a pinch-hitter. He is batting .280/.308/.280 through his first seven games. The league in Puerto Rico finishes the regular season today. Castro’s team will be in the playoffs.

In Colombia, Carlos Arroyo started at second base and batted fifth. He batted ninth on Wednesday and hit lead-off on Thursday. Arroyo went 2-for-4 with two singles on Saturday. He batted .192/.263/.288 in 24 games this winter. This was the final regular season game in Colombia, but Arroyo’s team made the playoffs, which begin on Wednesday.

Andres Arrieta (pictured above) had a rough game, which has been a theme this winter for the 20-year-old right-hander. He’s still a bit young and inexperienced for the league, so it’s not a complete surprise that he would have trouble. Arrieta gave up two runs on three hits in one inning on Saturday. In 11 outings, he allowed 16 runs over 13.1 innings. He gave up 18 hits, six walks and a league leading 11 wild pitches. Arrieta’s team did not make the playoffs.

Francisco Acuna and Edgar Barrios didn’t play in any of the final three games this winter. Their team made the playoffs, so it’s possible that they continue on next week. Acuna finished with a .217/.289/.290 slash line in 24 games, while Barrios hit .221/.344/.221 in 31 games.

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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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