Winter Leagues: Ji-Hwan Bae Has a Big Game on Offense and a Bad Night in the Field

In Australia on Saturday, Robbie Glendinning hit his second home run of the season in his team’s 5-2 loss. He went 1-for-3 with a walk, driving in both runs. He’s 3-for-9 through three games, with a double to go along with the two homers and five RBIs.

Ji-Hwan Bae played his second game and did two things he hasn’t done during regular season ball yet in two seasons. He went 2-for-4 with a double and his first home run. In 121 games with the Pirates, he has 31 doubles and seven triples, showing some extra-base power, but he has yet to hit a home run. Bae was also hit by a pitch and scored three runs. The downside, and it’s not a reflection of his defensive talent (he made one error in 168 chances at second base this year), is that he committed four errors on Saturday night in seven total chances. Three of them were on throws. He has one three-error game early in his GCL time last year, but this is the first four error game.

Here’s the home run:

Jerrick Suiter started at first base and went 0-for-4 in his team’s 10-2 loss. He has failed to pick up a hit through three games.

In Puerto Rico on Friday night, Dylan Busby and Chris Sharpe were both in the lineup for Gigantes de Carolina. Sharpe was 0-for-9 on the season coming into the night. He went 1-for-3 with a single, walk, RBI, run scored and a stolen base. Busby had a rough night, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He has been at first base in all three of his starts.

Ike Schlabach tossed a scoreless inning in the 6-1 win.Ā  He allowed one hit and picked up one strikeout. Schlabach has thrown 2.2 shutout innings over three appearances.

In Mexico, Randy Romero came in as a defensive replacement in center field in the fourth inning and went 0-for-2 at the plate. He’sĀ 4-for-22 with a walk and a stolen base in 14 games this winter.

Fabricio Macias started in right field and he went 2-for-3 with two singles, his third stolen base and a run scored. He is hitting .232/.299/.304 in 27 games this winter.

In the Dominican, Williams Jerez is still a member of the Pirates…for now. He was placed on waivers on Wednesday night and his status is still in limbo. Even if he clears waivers, he could choose free agency. He’s still a Pirate though as of right now, so I’ll mention that he got the win tonight with a clean scoreless inning. Jerez has thrown 5.2 scoreless innings over seven appearances.