Winter Leagues: Francisco Acuna Continues His Strong Winter

Some late results from Pittsburgh Pirates in winter ball on Tuesday night, along with all of Wednesday’s action.

In Colombia on Tuesday, Francisco Acuna went 3-for-4 with a double and two stolen bases. He is now hitting .358/.464/.403 in 22 games, with a 9-for-9 record in stolen bases.

After a rough outing on Monday night, Luis Escobar came back on Tuesday and struck out the side in the ninth inning to pick up the save in a 4-2 win. He has a 5.05 ERA in 12 innings, with a 10:3 SO/BB ratio and .255 BAA.

In Mexico, Randy Romero played his fourth straight game without a plate appearance. He was used in the ninth inning as a pinch-runner and scored a run in his team’s 8-5 win. On Wednesday he made it five straight games without a PA when he played the final two innings in left field. He is hitting .185/.214/.222 in 23 games.


In the Dominican, Richard Rodriguez tossed a scoreless frame, allowing one hit, while picking up a strikeout. He has thrown a shutout inning in all three outings this winter.

Pablo Reyes started at second base and went 0-for-3 with a walk and his second stolen base. He is hitting .186/.247/.343 through 19 games.

Williams Jerez retired all four batters he faced, three of them on strikeouts. In 14 appearances this winter, he has thrown 11.2 innings, with a 3.09 ERA and a 14:3 SO/BB ratio.

In Puerto Rico, Ike Schlabach recorded the final four outs to pick up his second save of the winter. He gave up two hits, with no walks or strikeouts. Schlabach has a 2.25 ERA in eight appearances, with two runs over eight innings. He has a .188 BAA and a 7:2 SO/BB ratio.

In Mexico, Fernando Villegas made his first appearance in five weeks and went 0-for-2 before leaving for a pinch-hitter. He got the start in left field. Villegas has a .214 average in 13 games, going 3-for-14 with three doubles.