Winter Leagues: Weekend Round Up for the Pittsburgh Pirates Includes the Debut of Francisco Acuna

In the Dominican on Friday night, Gregory Polanco started at DH for the third straight game and he went 1-for-3 with a single, RBI and a hit-by-pitch. Polanco was the DH again on Saturday and he went 0-for-4. Through five games, he is 2-for-20 with a HBP, no walks and three strikeouts.

Here’s his RBI hit from Friday:

Stephen Alemais was injured the other day making a highlight reel play. He suffered a dislocated right shoulder. His team announced on Friday that he can’t throw for 7-10 days, then he should resume baseball activities if all goes well.

We finally have a date for Gigantes del Cibao to play their first game since last Thursday. They are tentatively scheduled to play on Monday night. I say tentative because this is the third restart date for them.

In Mexico on Friday, Fabricio Macias went 1-for-5 with his fifth double and two RBIs. He also picked up an outfield assist. On Saturday he had a rough night, going 0-for-5. He is now hitting .247/.287/.342 in 26 games, with five doubles, two triples, one homer, 4-for-4 in steals and a 3:23 BB/SO ratio.

Action began in Colombia on Saturday night. The roster for Caimanes de Barranquilla, which is managed by DSL Pirates manager Jose Mosquera, has Francisco Acuna and Santiago Florez, along with a ton of former Pirates, including Harold Ramirez and Tito Polo. The league website isn’t up, but I should be able to get stats for the Pirates there on a regular basis. Acuna went 2-for-4 in the opener, with a double, two runs scored, an RBI and a walk.

That’s all for now, other leagues start in December.