In the Dominican from Friday night, Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base. He came into the game leading the Dominican League in batting average, OPS and runs scored. The regular season has just two days left and Polanco's team has only one game left.
Junior Sosa has a .482 OPS
Starling Marte did not play on Friday, one day after being removed from the game on Thursday night when he got hit by a pitch during his first plate appearance. Tests on his left hand were negative and he was able to take batting practice prior to Friday's game. Marte is listed as day-to-day and could play today.
Michael Martinez went 0-for-2 with a walk. He is hitting .217 through 17 games. Martinez has played every game in center field since signing with the Pirates earlier this week....
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.