Winter Leagues: Ji-Hwan Bae Reaches Base Three Times

In Australia on Sunday, Ji-Hwan Bae wrapped up week five of the season by going 2-for-4 with a walk. He is hitting .297/.416/.469 in 19 games. Bae has five doubles, two homers, 12 walks and he’s 6-for-6 in stolen bases.

Robbie Glendinning wrapped up a quiet week by going 1-for-4 with a single. He is batting .316/.381/.605 in 20 games. Glendinning ranks seventh in the league in OPS, fourth in slugging and second in both doubles (7) and homers (5).

In Colombia, Francisco Acuna went 0-for-4 in his second playoff game. He was 2-for-4 with a walk in the opener.

Edgar Barrios is off to a quiet start, though his team has won their first two playoff games. He went 0-for-4 on Friday and 0-for-5 with a run scored on Sunday.

In the Dominican, Socrates Brito went 1-for-5 with a two-run double and a run scored. He was 2-for-4 in the playoff opener on Saturday.

In Puerto Rico, Chris Sharpe went 1-for-4 with a single. He is hitting .250/.376/.353 in 24 games. That doesn’t include the home run he hit Saturday, which won’t show up in his stats until that suspended game has been completed.

Yacksel Rios blew a save opportunity on Sunday night. He gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in the ninth inning, with the game-winner coming with two outs. Rios has a 4.15 ERA in 8.2 innings, with a surprisingly high .361 BAA.

In Mexico, Randy Romero finally got some at-bats. He’s been playing in almost every game recently, but only as a late inning replacement, either on the bases or in the outfield. He started in center field on Sunday and went 0-for-2 before leaving for a pinch-hitter. He’s hitting .167 (5-for-30) in 29 games this winter.

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