Winter Leagues: Fernando Villegas and Ji-Hwan Bae Each Pick Up Three Hits

We have some late results from Colombia on Wednesday, plus all of Thursday’s action for the Pittsburgh Pirates in winter ball.

From Wednesday in Colombia, Francisco Acuna went 1-for-4 with a single. He is hitting .352/.455/.394 in 23 games.

Edgar Barrios went 0-for-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. He is batting .161/.230/.161 in 21 games.


In Australia, two Pirates were at shortstop in the same game. Ji-Hwan Bae went 3-for-5 with his fifth double and a run scored. He is hitting .310/.408/.571 in 12 games.

Robbie Glendinning was on the opposing side of Bae and he went 1-for-5 with a single and an RBI. He is batting .314/.352/.608 in 13 games, with six doubles and three homers.

Jerrick Suiter had an 0-for-4 game, then a few hours later, he was lost in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft. That ends his coverage here for the winter.

From Mexico, Fernando Villegas went 3-for-4 with three singles, an RBI and a run scored. In his first 13 games of the winter, mostly off the bench late, he went 3-for-14 with three doubles. He’s now hitting .333/.368/.500 in 14 games.

From Wednesday night (which was covered in yesterday’s winter article) here’s Randy Romero robbing a home run from Ali Solis, then showing off a nice arm.

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