From the Dominican on Saturday night, Starling Marte returned to the lineup and went 2-for-3 with a single, double and walk. He left Thursday's game after getting hit by a pitch on his left hand in the first inning and then he sat out Friday night. Marte has reached base in six of his ten plate appearances.
Gregory Polanco will find out Sunday night if he wins the Dominican League batting title
Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 with a single. His average dropped slightly, down to .331, but he remains the league leader in batting average. Moises Sierra also has a .331 average, though Polanco still has a slightly higher average. The season is over for both of them, but there is still a player that can catch Polanco. Rafael Ynoa is batting .326 and still has one game left. Ynoa is also the only player that can catch Polanco's .922 mark for the league lead in OPS.
Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-3 with a walk. He had two outfield assists. Rojas is batting .238 in nine games.
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.