Comments on: Winter Leagues Recap: Two Homers For Welch Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20:05:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: ADLPirate Thu, 24 Jan 2013 23:02:38 +0000 Stefan’s solo shot was over the right fence with the second – in a 2 out situation against the reliever – cleared centre.

By: John Dreker Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:06:49 +0000 This is just a random thought on my part, but one that goes well(albeit late) with the Winter League thread. I was often asked about the level of competition in the Dominican, when Marte was hitting well and Kris Johnson was pitching amazing all season. An example that just crossed my mind is the playing time received by Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson
Hanson spent the whole season with his DWL team, including the playoffs. He batted just seven times in three months and was used as a pinch-runner more than as a starter
Polanco was the backup to Marte in center field and when Marte left the team in December, Polanco got one start. He never saw the field in the playoffs.
Those are two of the best low-A players this year, for the most part Hanson was used during blowouts or for his speed, eight games total. Polanco got 35 AB’s and really struggled over that same time.
If low-A all-stars get very limited playing time and struggle when they do, that should tell people that the league is better than some people think.
End random thought.