Winter Leagues Recap: Three Hits For Marte

In playoff action out of the Dominican from last night, Starling Marte went 3-for-4, with two runs scored, a double and a stolen base. Marte’s Escogido team took a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-nine championship series with a 8-5 win. He is now hitting .387 in the playoffs after batting .304 during the DWL regular season.

Marte has four playoff homers

In action out of Venezuela, Luis Sanz threw a scoreless inning of relief during his team’s 4-1 loss. Sanz needed 13 pitches(eight for strikes) to retire the side in order. He struck out one batter.

In Australian Baseball League action from today, Stefan Welch collected three hits in Adelaide’s 9-0 win. He hit a triple and drove in his team-leading 27th run. Former Pirates minor leaguer Quincy Latimore, playing in his 12th game of the ABL season, drove in his 12th run.

Also in Australia, in the U18 National Youth Championships, Sam Kennelly went 2-for-3, with three RBI’s, as his team rolled to an 8-0 victory in the bronze medal game. Kennelly finished the tournament with 19 hits and 15 RBI’s in ten games played. His team won the bronze medal despite going 11-1 in the entire tournament. The gold medal winning team went 8-5 in the tournament, while the silver medal team went 9-3.

Nick Hutchings, who was recently signed as a pitcher, batted lead-off for his team and went 0-for-2, with two strikeouts, before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fifth. He began the game at shortstop, then moved to left field in the top of the fifth inning.

The playoffs in Colombia continued last night, with five players from the Pirates farm system involved between the two teams, among them Dilson Herrera and Harold Ramirez. Only Ramirez played last night and his was just a pinch-hitting appearance.  He singled in his only AB. The series is a best-of-three between the second and third place teams, with the winner going on to play the first place team in a best-of-seven series to decide the league title. Friday night, Harold Ramirez helped his team to a 12-6 victory in game one. Last night, Herrera’s team won 6-0. The final game will be played tonight.

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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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  • IC Bob

    Do you get the feeling that Marte has a lot of long hitting streaks in his future? When he is hot he hits everything.

    • John Dreker

      I could see a lot of long hitting streaks because of his speed and the fact he doesn’t walk, plus bats at the top of the order. He will get 4-5 official AB’s a game and he can not only bunt for a hit, but he can also beat out infield hits.
      That is what they expected with Tabata, but somewhere between Altoona and the majors, his speed dropped off. Too many hamstring problems, plus added weight as he filled out. Marte is in better shape so he should be able to maintain that part of his game longer.

  • IC Bob

    Also with Marte you have to defend the whole park. he will drive the ball down either line. reminds me of Vlad Guerrero in that way. I hope pitchers don’t find a gaping hole in his swing.

    • John Dreker

      That is true too, he has power so they can’t play him shallow and he is more of a line drive hitter so that opens up the field. Watch him early, I think he will get a steady diet of breaking balls away in the dirt and fastballs high in the zone. If he lays off them, it will force pitchers to give him something to hit and then he will excel. If he doesn’t, you can expect some struggles until he learns

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