Pirates Winter Leagues: Big Day for Josh Palacios; Yohan Ramirez Wins Battle of the Pirates

Here is a look at Wednesday’s action around winter ball for members of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Dominican Republic

Oneil Cruz went 0-for-3 with a walk, two strikeouts and a run scored. He committed his third error. In 11 games, he has a .216 average and a .753 OPS.

Rodolfo Castro went 0-for-4. He’s hitting .244 with a .673 OPS in 27 games.

Miguel Andujar went 0-for-4. He’s hitting .253 with a .665 OPS in 19 games.

Yohan Ramirez went one scoreless inning, with one hit, one walk and two strikeouts. Those two strikeouts came against Castro and Andujar, with each of them representing the tying run in the eighth inning. Ramirez has allowed one run in ten innings this winter.

Puerto Rico

Tsung-Che Cheng went 0-for-3 with a walk, run scored, and his second stolen base. He has a .231 average and a .701 OPS in eight games.

Will Matthiessen came off to bench to play his third game. He went 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored. He’s still look for his first hit.

Josh Palacios went 3-for-5 with his first homer, two RBIs and a walk. He also picked up an outfield assist. He’s hitting .276 with an .830 OPS in eight games.

Shawn Ross has really struggled this winter, but he had a nice night off of the bench on Wednesday. He had a single, walk and two runs scored, after entering the game in the ninth inning. He’s hitting .118 with a .422 OPS in 24 games.

Free agent Roberto Perez went 0-for-2 as the DH. He debuted in winter ball yesterday.


Andres Alvarez went 2-for-4 with two singles and a walk. He’s hitting .384 with a 1.138 OPS in 24 games.

Rodolfo Nolasco went 2-for-4 with a single, double and two RBIs. He’s hitting .240 with a .797 OPS in 23 games.

Francisco Acuna went 1-for-4 with a single, walk and a run scored. He has a .216 average and a .692 OPS in 23 games.


Fabricio Macias went 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. He’s hitting .251 with a .672 OPS in 48 games.

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I’ve liked what I’ve seen from Ramirez. I wouldn’t consider him a lock for the pen, but someone with the upside of being a key part of the pen if things click (which is to say if he can get his BB rate down a bit).


According to some graph that was posted by the training site that Keller trains, Ramirez has the best stuff on our entire staff, my eyes tell me the same, of course if he had command of it he wouldn’t be here, but I rather take a chance on him over half of the other bodies currently in the pen.


Four teams share your assessment. So far, none have been able to solve the control issue.

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