Marte was shut down by the Pirates this weekend (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Winter Leagues: Marte and Escogido Win Third Straight

From the Dominican League playoffs on Saturday, Starling Marte went 1-for-3 with a walk in his team’s 8-3 win. In Friday’s game, Marte drove in all four runs in a 4-3 win. Escogido has won three straight games without Gregory Polanco. ¬†Their playoff record stands at 5-2 now in the 18 game round robin tournament. All three of the other teams are 3-4 so far.

Harold Ramirez is hitting .311 in Winter ball (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Harold Ramirez is hitting .311 in Winter ball (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Elvin Ramirez made his first appearance since joining the Pittsburgh Pirates organization as a free agent last month. He faced three batters, retiring two and walking the other. Ramirez made nine regular season appearances in the Dominican, throwing eight shutout innings, while giving up just two hits.

In Puerto Rico, Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He was pinch-hit for in the ninth inning. He has not hit well since arriving in Puerto Rico last week, going 2-for-13 in four regular season games and 0-for-4 in his first playoff game on Friday night.

Benji Gonzalez went 0-for-3 with a walk. He made two fielding errors after not making an error in 20 regular season games and one playoff game. His team lost 4-3, though neither error he made proved to be costly.

From Colombia on Friday night, Tito Polo went 0-for-2 with a walk in his team’s 1-0 win. He started in left field and was replaced late by Harold Ramirez, who singled in his only at-bat. Ramirez is hitting .311 in 34 games. Their Tigres team is 29-8 and they have clinched first place, which means they will get a first round bye in the Colombian League playoffs.

In Australia from Sunday, Danny Arribas went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly RBI. He played three times this week, once at designated hitter, once behind the plate and he played first base on Sunday. Arribas has struggled at the plate all season, hitting .163 through 27 games, with three doubles, six RBIs and ten walks.

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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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  • Ian Rothermund

    Not sure I’ve seen a picture of Ramirez before. Looks like a Tabata clone with those hips. How’s his speed and base running?

    • John Dreker

      He has plus speed, led the NYPL in steals this year and is currently second in the Colombian League. His stolen base % wasn’t great in the NYPL, so he needs some base running work, but he was 18-years-old this season(turned 19 in September) so that can be expected. He is 7-for-8 in steals in Colombia, so that is a good sign

    • Ian Rothermund

      Just looked up his stats from this year. The low stolen base percentage tells me he’s fast, but needs to refine his timing, etc. No way he’s only 175 in that picture above though. Lol.

      • John Dreker

        We have a couple pictures from that game, must be something with the uniforms, because he is not that bulky. Check out the picture of him here from Spring Training

        • Ian Rothermund

          Ok I see. Great looking player so far. I think baseball uniforms in general can be misleading. A lot of guys tend to look like they have a lot more muscle than they really do. David Price is one of those guys. He’s 6’6,” lanky, and in uniform looks like he has an extra 25 lbs on him, but in a regular tshirt, looks like he’d be lucky to break 200 lbs.

  • buster09

    Sorry I didn’t comment on the Tracker Tim.My excuse is I am afraid I take it for granted we all can get our information from you so easily. Thanks for the great work.

  • buster09

    John,obviously that comment was meant for Tim,sorry for that.Too many distractions for me and I lost track of where I was at !

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