Winter Leagues: Pirates Have an Oliver Twist in Puerto Rico on Wednesday Night

A recap of Wednesday’s action around winter ball for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In Mexico, Brayan Roman made his second start and went four innings, allowing three runs on five hits, one walk and one strikeout. He now has a 2.70 ERA in 16.2 innings over nine games.

Jared Oliva had a nice night at the plate, going 3-for-5 with his second double, a run scored and three RBIs. In 16 games, he’s now hitting .257 with a .687 OPS.

Randy Romero went 2-for-5 with his seventh double and two RBIs. He’s now hitting .296 with a .708 OPS in  54 games.

In Colombia, Tsung-Che Cheng went 2-for-4 with a run scored. He’s now hitting .271/.327/.375 in 14 games.

In Puerto Rico, Bligh Madris went 0-for-3 with a walk and run scored. He’s now batting .255 with a .705 OPS in 15 games.

Oliver Mateo had his first rough game of the winter. He allowed three runs on three walks, while recording one out. He threw two wild pitches and two runs scored off of a reliever. Mateo has still allowed just one hit in four appearances.

Oliver Garcia (pictured up top) tossed a scoreless frame, retiring all three batters that he faced. He came into this game with nine runs and 15 base runners allowed in four innings this winter.

 

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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