Marte hit his first homer of Winter ball (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Winter Leagues: Marte Drives In Four Runs In 4-3 Win

On Friday night in the Dominican, Starling Marte accounted for all four of his team’s runs in a 4-3 win. Marte had a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning that made the score 2-1 in favor of Tigres del Licey. In the sixth inning, Marte hit a three-run homer to give his team a lead that they wouldn’t surrender. Escogido is now 4-2 in the playoffs and they have won two straight without Gregory Polanco.

Marte hit his first homer of Winter ball (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Marte hit his first homer of Winter ball (Photo Credit: David Hague)

From the first night of playoffs in Puerto Rico, Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-4 in his team’s 6-2 loss. On the other side of the field, Benji Gonzalez went 1-for-2 with a walk and RBI.

From Thursday night in Colombia, Harold Ramirez went 0-for-3 with a walk and run scored. He is hitting .305 through 33 games, with four doubles, three triples and one homer. Ramirez is second in the league with eight stolen bases.

Tito Polo struck out as a pinch-hitter. He is 12-for-48(.250) on the year in 21 games played.

Yhonathan Barrios had two straight scoreless outings coming into Thursday and he retired all six batters he faced. On Thursday night though, he gave up two runs on three hits(two doubles) in one inning of work. On the year, Barrios has pitched nine times, giving up ten runs on 13 hits and seven walks in seven innings.

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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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  • PiratesForever

    I was watching the game on my computer last night it wasn’t a live feed it was the game day and I was really happy when Marte had all 4 runs because I am a big fan of any team that has Pirates on it some people say I’m crazy but spring training is my favorite time of the baseball season (until the playoffs) because you get to see all the prospects and its in Bradenton so the field is nice and you can pretty much play for fun and that is what baseball is about.

    • glassers

      Your not alone regarding Spring Training , I am one of those guys that feel the same way . Plan our vacation around Spring Training !!

  • jon6er

    I must point out to Starling that he is much more productive when he uses the bat instead of his hand for offense, lol!

  • emjayinTN

    Starling Marte is a featured player in the DR, and he is being seen as a middle-of-the-order hitter, batting 3rd for Escogido. IMO, he could be in the middle of our order as early as 2015. If everything holds true and progresses on the same path, Alen Hansen could be our leadoff hitter by June 2015 with Gregory Polanco batting second. ‘Cutch will continue to be anchored at 3rd followed by Pedro Alvarez at cleanup, Starling Marte in the No. 5 hole, and possibly Neil Walker batting 6th. Lots of talent in that first 5, and plenty of power and speed.

    • unfurious

      This is a little off topic but how does Hansen’s glove compare to Mercer’s? By 2015, I believe that we may see Mercer/Hansen up the middle, but I’m not sure who projects better at SS.

      • John Dreker

        Mercer has a better arm and is more reliable, Hanson has more range and needs work. Part of the reason mid-2015 is a strong projection for Hanson’s debut is that he needs as much time as possible at SS to get better. He’s quick, adequate arm, just needs repetition and confidence

  • emjayinTN

    John: Big difference also in age, experience, etc. In Hanson’s first full year of baseball in the US at age 19 in Lo A, he batted .309 with 33 doubles/13 triples/16 HR’s, 62 RBI with 55W/105K, a slash of .309/.381/.528/.909. And, his 40 Errors at SS sent everyone scurrying to the record books. He could have been the better looking prospect between he and Gregory Polanco or it was a toss-up. They moved him up to Hi A in 2013 where he had 15 errors in his first 15 or 20 games, and was hitting below the Mendoza line. Pulled out of the lineup for 3 or 4 days and given some intense work with the glove and arm, but especially the mental aspect of the game. He has so much talent, he tends to be a little nonchalant on the most basic of plays. How did that work? He played 70+ more games at Hi A and finished at .281/.339/.444/.783, with only 25 total errors for the season. As a switchhitting leadoff, 23 doubles/8 triples/7 HR’s, 48 RBI and a W/K of 33/70. Still at only 20 he was moved up to AA and then made the All Stars in the Arizona Fall League. He lowered the number of errors in 2013, and if he can get that number down to between 20-25 errors for about 115 games at AA, I think he can realistically be in Pittsburgh by June of 2015. A lot of defense has to do with mental approach. He suffers from that affliction called YOUTH, but nothing I have read or heard insinuates that he cannot be an All Star Caliber SS – many knowledgeable talent evaluators mention him in the same sentence as Elvis Andrus when he was just coming through the Braves system – nice reference.

    Alen Rery Hanson will play all of 2014 as a 21 year old and will start at AA. It will not only be his 3rd year of full-time baseball, but will also be his 3rd year in the US, so he is learning on and off the field. Also, the kid behind him Max Moroff, another switchhitter, had a very nice year at Lo A in 2013. He was a 16th Round pick out of HS in Florida in the 2012 draft.

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