Monday was a light night of action around winter ball. The Dominican Republic was the only country playing games. Three Pittsburgh Pirates saw action.
Oneil Cruz went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, in a night that he faced three current big league pitchers. He’s now hitting .235 with a .798 OPS in ten games.
Rodolfo Castro went 2-for-5 with two singles and an RBI. He started at shortstop in this game, giving him starts at second base, third base and shortstop in the last few days. He’s now hitting .256 with a .701 OPS in 26 games.
Miguel Andujar went 1-for-4 with a single, walk and an RBI. He had back-to-back RBI singles with Castro in the seventh inning of their team’s 5-3 loss. Andujar is now hitting .267 with a .700 OPS in 18 games.
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.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.