Winter Leagues: An Update on a Rule 5 Pick Pitching in Venezuela

There was no Pittsburgh Pirates related action in winter ball on Thursday. Below are the highlights from Wednesday, along with the Rule 5 pick playing in Venezuela.

On Wednesday in the Dominican, Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 with his second double, a run scored and a walk. He’s hitting .174/.296/.391 in 13 games, with five extra-base hits and a 13:7 SO/BB ratio.

Oddy Nunez made his second appearance and he went two scoreless innings on three hits, with no walks and one strikeout. In his debut he allowed two hits over one scoreless frame, with no walks or strikeouts.

In Mexico on Wednesday, Randy Romero switched teams (sometime recently) to Sultanes de Monterrey and he went 0-for-1 on Wednesday night, coming into a one-sided game late to finish in center field. In 21 games, he is 2-for-23 with three walks and one stolen base.

Fabricio Macias went 0-for-5. He’s now hitting .238/.298/.370 through 32 games.

On Thursday, the Pirates acquired Luis Oviedo in the Rule 5 draft. In four games in Venezuela this winter, he hasn’t given up an earned run over 5.1 innings. He’s allowed four hits, with two walks and four strikeouts.