Winter Leagues

Winter Leagues: Ramirez and Polo Lead Tigres to First Place Finish

Winter Leagues: Ramirez and Polo Lead Tigres to First Place Finish
John Dreker

From the Dominican League playoffs on Thursday night, Starling Marte went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts in his team's 3-2 win. He was the designated hitter. Marte went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI on Wednesday, after missing his previous two games. He is batting .276 with six RBIs in nine playoff games. Gregory Polanco will return to play on Sunday. Their team is 8-3 in the 18 game playoffs. None of the other three teams have a winning record.

Yhonathan Barrios struggled in Colombia after pitching well in the GCL

From Colombia on Wednesday, the league finished up the regular season and all four Pirates players will advance to the playoffs. Harold Ramirez went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Ramirez finished the season with a .323/.426/.425 slash line in 162 plate appea...

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Winter Leagues
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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