With an extremely slow day in Winter League action on Sunday, now is a good time to catch up on all of the Pittsburgh Pirates players who are taking part in leagues around the world. During our daily updates, we normally cover players that were in the Pirates system at the end of the 2013 season and are still free agents, such as Ivan De Jesus Jr. and David Bromberg, but all of the players mentioned below are still in the Pirates system.
Gregory Polanco leads the DWL in OPS
We start with the Dominican, where the Pirates top prospect has been tearing up the league, but has also missed some time with illness. Gregory Polanco has been strong all season in the DWL, except when it comes to staying on the field. Early in the year, he missed four days with the flu and then he missed this entire past week with a stomach virus. He is expected to return to action on Tuesday, when he could possibly be joined in the outfield by Starling Marte. If he isn't in the lineup on Tuesday, Marte will...
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.