Winter Leagues

Winter Leagues Recap: Marte, Kang and Osuna Highlight a Busy Winter for the Pirates

Starling Marte was the top player in winter ball this year for the Pirates. Photo Credit: David Hague
Winter Leagues Recap: Marte, Kang and Osuna Highlight a Busy Winter for the Pirates
John Dreker

Winter league baseball wrapped up this week, so now it's time to look back on the entire off-season. There were 22 current Pittsburgh Pirates who saw action this winter. I didn't include any of the players like Edwin Espinal, who signed with the Detroit Tigers, or Carlos Munoz, who is still looking to sign a free agent deal this year. The players below are all of the ones who are still currently with the Pirates. I sorted them by country to make it easier.
Dominican Republic
Starling Marte - Marte played winter ball for the first time in four years, as he tried to make up for some missed time this year due to his lengthy suspension. The Pirates allowed him to play for a limited time and he ended up leaving a few days earlier due to a hand injury. Marte was spiked on the hand while steali...

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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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