Winter Leagues

Winter Leagues: Starling Marte Hits His Second Home Run of the Winter

Starling Marte hit his second home run of the winter on Sunday night. Photo Credit: David Hague
Winter Leagues: Starling Marte Hits His Second Home Run of the Winter
John Dreker

In the Dominican on Sunday, Starling Marte returned to the lineup one day after leaving early due to a hit-by-pitch. Marte was hit in the helmet during the eighth inning of a tie game on Saturday night, then after running the bases, he left for a defensive replacement. On Sunday, Marte was once again hit by a pitch, this time from former Pirate pitcher Radhames Liz. Marte stayed in the game and homered in his next at-bat, his second home run of the winter. He finished the day going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and his first stolen base. Through ten games, he is 6-for-39 with four extra-base hits and a 1:13 BB/SO ratio. Here is video of the homer:

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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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