In Winter League action yesterday, Starling Marte returned to the lineup after leaving Tuesday's game early. He went 1-for-5, with a single and three strikeouts. Marte has a .306/.393/.510 line, with seven walks and 14 strikeouts in 49 AB's.
It was a slow day for Pirates players in Winter Ball, just one game was played in the Dominican and the Australian Baseball League is still off until next Thursday. The Pirates players in Australia will take part in an All-Star game today, though it isn't the ABL All-Star game. Adelaide will take on the best players of the South Australian Baseball Clubs.
In Venezuela League action, Darren Ford went 2-for-5 with a double. He has raised his average to .289 with eight hits in his last three games.
In Puerto Rico, Benji Gonzalez came off the bench in the sixth inning and finished the game at shortstop. He went 1-for-2 with a strikeout and an infield single. He is 2-for-6 on the year in three games played....
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.