It was announced yesterday by a few sources that Starling Marte is done with Winter ball this season. His Escogido team, along with teammate Gregory Polanco, will begin the Dominican League finals tonight against Licey. The winner of this best-of-nine series will go on to the Caribbean League World Series against the best Winter League teams from Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Mexico.
Marte had a rough Winter season. It started late as he recovered from his regular season hand injury. Two games into the season, he was hit by a pitch on his left hand, which knocked him off of action for a few days. He then hurt his back, which against cost him a few days. Finally, in his last game he sustained a groin injury which ended his season. None of the injuries were considered serious, but the sheer amount was enough to shut him down. He played a total of 12 games, going 12-for-40 at the plate, with one homer, six RBIs, four walks and nine strikeouts.
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.