The league in the Dominican was off on Tuesday, so the action in Puerto Rico and Colombia took center stage. We start in Puerto Rico with an interesting debut.
Roberto Perez played his first game since his May 7th season-ending injury. The free agent catcher is attempting to prove that he’s healthy before signing with any teams this off-season.
The Pirates have said they are interested in bringing Perez back, and they have a need for a starting catcher. Perez caught seven innings in his debut and he went 0-for-2 at the plate. We will keep tabs on him this winter, unless he signs elsewhere.
Josh Palacios went 2-for-4 with two singles, two RBIs and a walk. He is 5-for-24 with two doubles and four walks in seven games.
Tsung-Che Cheng went 0-for-3. He’s hitting .261 with a .761 OPS in seven games.
Shawn Ross played third base off of the bench and went 0-for-1. He’s hitting .104 with a .390 OPS in 23 games.
Andres Alvarez went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and three RBIs. He’s hitting .379 with a 1.139 OPS in 23 games. He’s third in the league in average, second in OPS, first in homers (6) and first in RBIs (30).
Rodolfo Nolasco went 0-for-4. He has a .219 average and a .739 OPS in 22 games.
Francisco Acuna went 0-for-4. He’s hitting .214 with a .694 OPS in 22 games.
Fabricio Macias went 2-for-5 with an RBI. He collected two doubles, giving him 14 on the season. He’s hitting .254 with a .671 OPS in 47 games.
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