Here’s a look at the winter league action from around the globe for members of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The crazy minor league rule 5 draft took away Jared Oliva, Cristian Charle and Enmanuel Mejia from our winter coverage. However, it also added a player, as you will see below.
In the Dominican, Oneil Cruz got over a mild case of the flu and returned to the lineup. He went 2-for-3 with his second homer, a single, a walk and two RBIs (see video below). He is 8-for-26, with a double, two homers and six walks in eight games.
Miguel Andujar went 1-for-4 with a single and a run scored. He has a .293 average and a .765 OPS in 14 games.
In Puerto Rico, Tsung-Che Cheng went 2-for-4 with two singles and a walk. He’s 4-for-12 in four games.
Brad Case allowed two hits and two walks in one inning of work, but he didn’t allow any runs. He has allowed two runs in 11 innings this winter.
Will Kobos tossed a scoreless inning to pick up the win. He had no hits or walks and two strikeouts. He has allowed one run in 9.2 innings, while picking up 13 strikeouts.
Josh Palacios was picked up in the minor league Rule 5 draft. He just started playing winter ball. He went 0-for-5 on Wednesday, leaving him 2-for-15 with a walk.
Here’s the Cruz homer
BESTIAL ‼️🔥 Enorme cuadrangular para Oneil Cruz por todo el CF del Estadio Cibao.
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