Winter Leagues: Light Day on the Thursday/Friday Winter Schedule

On Thursday in Mexico, Fabricio Macias went 1-for-5 with his fourth double and fourth RBI. He is now hitting .286/.333/.443 in 21 games, with seven 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, or play defense. Romero pinch-ran again on Friday night and scored a run. He is 2-for-9 with a walk (no strikeouts) and a stolen base in 16 games.

On Friday in the Dominican, Stephen Alemais was a defensive replacement at second base and didn’t get a chance to bat. He went 0-for-4 in his debut on Wednesday.

Free agent Socrates Brito went 0-for-4 for the third straight game to open up his season.

In Nicaragua, Sergio Umana allowed three earned runs on three hits, two walks and a strikeout in 2.1 innings pitched. The 20-year-old right-hander had a 2.39 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP and 59 strikeouts in 64 innings during the 2019 DSL season.

I know that wasn’t much of a recap, but I mostly wrote this up to mention that Oneil Cruz’s team had off the last two days due to COVID-19 positive tests. Just in case you were wondering why you haven’t heard his name over the last three days. A press release only mentioned the total number of positive results for the team since their preseason started, including personnel, so it may not have even been a player (or players) this time. The team (Gigantes del Cibao) is schedule to resume play tonight. Pirates pitchers Edgar Santana and Yerry De Los Santos are also on the club. Free agent Pablo Reyes is on the opposing team, so he hasn’t played in two days either.

One other note and that’s the schedule it Australia. It was released yesterday and it starts on December 17th for the 24-game regular season. The schedule had to be revised because two teams dropped out, so it went from an eight-team league down to six clubs. So far the Pirates will be represented by Robbie Glendinning and recent international signing Solomon Maguire. The league in Puerto Rico is also scheduled to start in December.