Winter Leagues: Marte and Escogido Win Without Polanco

From the Dominican on Thursday night, Starling Marte went 1-for-5 with a single in his team’s 4-1 win. During the Dominican League regular season, Marte went 3-for-7 with a walk and two hit-by-pitches in three games. In the playoffs, he is now 4-for-20 with two walks in five games.

Marte was without his Pirates teammate Gregory Polanco, who is attending the MLB Rookie Career Development Program. Polanco’s GM Moises Alou said that he isn’t expected back until next week. The program is four days long and held in Washington DC. It is set up to help players prepare for life in the big leagues.

When Polanco was the designated hitter in a game last week, Marte moved over from left field to take over in center field. With Polanco gone last night though, Marte stayed in left field.

From Friday in Australia, Danny Arribas went 0-for-2 with a walk, run scored and hit-by-pitch. He is now hitting .169 through 26 games. Arribas was behind the plate after starting in the designated hitter spot on Thursday.

If you missed it from yesterday, we recapped the season in Puerto Rico and gave a preview of the playoffs, which start tonight.

Author: 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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