Winter Leagues Recap: Marte Comes Up Big Again

In Winter League action yesterday, Starling Marte continued his recent hot streak, going 3-for-5, with a double, triple, two runs scored and three RBI’s. He raised his average to .333 after 21 games and he has at least two hits in five of his last eight games. For the second game in a row, Marte was replaced late on defense in center field by Gregory Polanco. Earlier in the game, Marte made his third error of the season. Polanco did not make it to the plate in either game.

In other action in the Dominican, Alen Hanson made a rare appearance, this time coming in as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning. He is 0-for-5 on the season in six games. It was just the second time he has played since November 2nd.

Anderson Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a run scored. It was his third straight multi-hit game and seventh game in a row with a base hit.

Felix Pie went 1-for-4, with a strikeout. He has a .243/.362/.322 line in 32 games.

In Puerto Rico, Benji Gonzalez had a ninth inning pinch-running appearance. He is 3-for-10, with three walks in seven games this year.

In Mexico, Alis Solis went 1-for-4, with a strikeout. He caught for the second day in a row after not playing for 13 days due to a hand injury. In both games, Solis has thrown out the only runner attempting to steal.

In Venezuela, Ramon Cabrera flew out in his only AB, coming on as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. He is now hitting .194, with six RBI’s in 36 AB’s.

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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  • michaelbro8

    Thanks for the updates John ! Any input or feedback as to Marte’s plate discipline so far ?

    • John Dreker

      I haven’t heard any specifics but the numbers look good so far. He had an 8/50 BB/K split in 167 major league AB’s and currently has a 11/17 split in 81 Winter League AB’s.