On Wednesday night in the Dominican, Stephen Alemais made his winter debut. He started at second base and batted eighth for Leones del Escogido. Alemais went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. We talked to him last month about playing winter ball this year.
Free agent Socrates Brito went 0-for-4 with an RBI in his second game of the winter. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his season debut.
Gregory Polanco faced live pitching on Tuesday and said that’s he’s physically ready to play winter ball, but he needs to do a little more live practice before he’s ready for actual games. His winter debut should happen soon. He hasn’t played in the Dominican since the 2013-14 off-season.
In Mexico, Fabricio Macias went 2-for-4 with a triple, run scored and an RBI. As a side note, the winning pitcher for his team was former Pirates prospect Eduardo Vera, who allowed one run over seven innings. Macias is now hitting .292/.343/.446 in 20 games, with six extra-base hits and four steals in four attempts.
Randy Romero was used as a pinch-runner. He didn’t do anything on the bases, but he played two innings on defense in left field. He is 2-for-9 with a walk (no strikeouts) and a stolen base in 14 games.