In the Dominican on Monday night, Starling Marte went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He picked up an outfield assist, throwing a runner out at home plate in the fifth inning to keep the game scoreless. Marte is now 3-for-20 through five games. His first three at-bats on this night, which included a strikeout, ground out and fly out, were against former Pirate pitcher Radhames Liz.
On the night he officially reached minor league free agency, Edwin Espinal went 2-for-4 to give him a .356 average through 14 games. He leads the Dominican with a .463 OBP. As with all minor league free agents, we cover them during the entire winter, unless they sign elsewhere. That's because we have seen multiple players over the years re-sign with the Pirates, including Danny Ortiz last year.
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