Here’s a recap of Thursday’s action around winter ball for players on the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In Venezuela, Diego Castillo went 2-for-4 with two singles, raising him to a .373 average, while giving him a 1.069 OPS in 20 games.
In the Dominican, Oneil Cruz went 0-for-3 with two walks, a stolen base and a run scored, which was the only run in a 1-0 11 inning game. Despite his big game over the weekend in which he homered and reached base five times, he has a .222 average and a .753 OPS in the very early stages of his winter.
Miguel Andujar went 1-for-5 with a single. He has a .283 average and a .770 OPS in 11 games.
Rodolfo Castro went 1-for-4 with a single. He has a .188 average and a .557 OPS in 20 games.
Lewin Diaz had an 0-for-4 game as he sits in DFA limbo. He now has a .227 average and a .598 OPS in his very brief time.
In Puerto Rico, Will Kobos tossed a scoreless frame on one hit, no walks and no strikeouts. He has allowed one run in 6.2 innings, while picking up ten strikeouts.
In Mexico, Jared Oliva went 1-for-4 with a single. He has a .283 average and a .745 OPS in 41 games this winter.
Fabricio Macias went 2-for-3 with his 12th double. He has a .261 average and a .684 OPS in 40 games. He’s tied for the league lead in doubles.
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