Winter Leagues Recap: Marte Returns For Playoffs

In Winter League action from the Dominican last night, Starling Marte returned to his Leones del Escogido team and went 1-for-3, with two walks and a solo homer. With his team holding on to a 3-2 edge, he led off the eighth inning with his home run. Marte hadn’t played since December 8th, finishing the DWL regular season with a .304 average and .845 OPS in 28 games. He batted third and played center field. Marte’s team moved to 4-3 in the playoffs with a 5-3 win.

Felix Pie returned to the lineup one day after both he and Alex Valdez were benched. Pie continued his struggles, going 0-for-3, with a walk. He was dropped down to seventh in the batting order. Valdez came in as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning and broke a 1-1 tie, with a sacrifice fly. He remained in the game at second base and flew out to left field in his only other AB.

In Venezuela, Darren Ford went 0-for-3, with two walks, two strikeouts and a run scored. He has yet to collect a playoff base hit, going 0-for-4 in the opener on Wednesday night.

In Australian League action from today, Stefan Welch and Quincy Latimore each went deep in Adelaide’s 9-4 victory. Welch was the big bat of the game, driving in a total of four runs. He singled home a run in the first inning, hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning and then drew a bases loaded walk in the eighth inning. Latimore went 1-for-3, with a solo homer in the fourth inning. Both players were hit by a pitch in a game that included five hit batters, all Adelaide players.

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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  • NorCal Buc

    John ~ WHERE do you expect these guys to open their 2013 season, especially the prospects Stefan Welch and Quince Latimore. I expect Starling Marte to bat leadoff at PNC.

    • John Dreker

      Welch will likely play third base for Altoona. He seems like the only candidate for that spot except for Jeremy Farrell, who always seems to get injured.
      Latimore will be in the outfield for Indianapolis. Last year he played all three outfield spots for Altoona at least 31 times each, so no idea on if he will play his normal left field spot, or move around again.