Winter Leagues Recap: Marte and Polanco Both Play

In Winter League action last night, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco played outfield together for the first time, with Marte moving over to right field to make room in center for Polanco. Batting third in the lineup, Marte went 1-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and a strikeout. Polanco went 0-for-3 and was pinch-hit for in the 9th inning, as the Leones manager(former Pirate Ken Oberkfell) went to former major league Willy Aybar with his team down by two late. Polanco is batting .200(6-for-30) with no walks and nine strikeouts.

On the other side of the field, two other Pirates farmhands also took part in the game. Felix Pie led off and played CF, going 1-for-4 with three RBI’s. After driving in two runs with a seventh inning single, Pie stole second, but was thrown out trying to steal third, to end the inning. Alex Valdez batted right behind Pie in the order and went 0-for-3 with a walk. His average dropped just below the .300 mark.

In Puerto Rico, Benji Gonzalez went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. He has played six games so far this year, going 3-for-10 with three walks.

In Mexico, Jovany Lopez had his seventh straight appearance in which he faced just one batter. He allowed a single, which brought in an inherited runner. His own runner came around to score as well, giving him his first earned run in 11 appearances.

John Dreker

Author: John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • John Dreker

    I understand that Jovany Lopez isn’t the biggest prospect, he is a longshot at best, but the Pirates have four years of VSL/DSL training invested in him, plus an Instructional League invite this year. You would think they would say something about their 21 year old pitcher being used strictly as a LOOGY. He threw one pitch yesterday, four the previous game, three pitches on Nov 14th, one the day before. In between there was a five pitch game. He at least had 13 pitches total in the first two games of this streak, but you’re still talking about a young kid throwing a total of 27 pitches over the span of a month.

    Doesn’t seem like a good thing for his career. You know he won’t be used that way next year whatever level he pitches at. As far as I know, you don’t start developing lefty specialists at the lowest levels, guys just eventually become that player once they’re good enough to make the majors. End rant.