Winter Leagues: Five Pittsburgh Pirates See Action on Sunday

I’ll start off by saying that nothing exciting happened Sunday night in winter ball, at least among the Pittsburgh Pirates. I set a minimum of five players for an article if nothing big happened and that’s exactly what we have this morning. The playoffs in the Dominican started yesterday, but no Pirates were involved. Enjoy the article anyway, feel free to discuss the big Padres/Rays trade from late last night.

In Venezuela, Luis Oviedo pitched a scoreless inning with no hits or walks and one strikeout. He threw 16 pitches, 12 going for strikes. One batter reached on an error and Oviedo also stranded an inherited runner. In 14.1 innings this winter, he has allowed one earned run on nine hits, four walks and ten strikeouts (0.63 ERA, 0.91 WHIP).

In Mexico, Fabricio Macias went 0-for-5. In 159 at-bats over 47 games, he’s hitting .220/.262/.327, with a 6:40 BB/SO ratio, ten doubles, two triples, one homer, and six steals in ten attempts.

Randy Romero came into the game late as a defensive replacement in center field and he went 0-for-1 at the plate. He has a .125 average in 31 games, almost all of them off of the bench.

In Colombia, Francisco Acuna went 0-for-3 with a walk. He was caught stealing and also committed his third error. In 14 games, he is 10-for-57 at the plate (.175 average), with one double, nine walks, one stolen base in two attempts. Last winter he was one of the top hitters in the Colombia league. He finished third in average, fourth in OBP and fourth in steals.

Carlos Arroyo went 0-for-3 with a walk, hit-by-pitch and a run scored. In 18 games, he’s 11-for-48 at the plate (.229 average), with four doubles, five walks and five hit-by-pitches. He has two steals in three attempts.

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