Alen Hanson Named Among Top Shortstop Prospects
Jan14

Alen Hanson Named Among Top Shortstop Prospects

On Monday, MLB.com began releasing their list of top ten prospects at each position. The Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t have any representatives among left-handed pitchers, but Alen Hanson came in at #8 on their top ten shortstops list. In the rankings, they also break down each player on the 20-80 scouting system in five categories. Hanson was just below average with his arm, which is a fair ranking, but them seem to be a little low...

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Winter Leagues: Updates For Marte and Polanco
Jan14

Winter Leagues: Updates For Marte and Polanco

Very little action on the schedule Monday, but the Starling Marte situation always has something new each day. The soap opera started with him leaving a game early last Sunday. He then missed the next two games and had a team off day on Wednesday. The word we got was that he was just resting, but then it came out that he had a minor back injury. Marte returned on Thursday, played Friday as the designated hitter and then sat out...

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Winter Leagues: Gonzalez Helps His Team To Playoff Victory
Jan13

Winter Leagues: Gonzalez Helps His Team To Playoff Victory

In the Dominican, Gregory Polanco returned to his Escogido team on Sunday, but he wasn’t on the daily roster for yesterday’s game. His team lost 6-5 in ten innings and dropped to 9-5 in the round robin tournament. With four games left, they have two game lead over the second best team, while the other two teams have a 6-8 record. The teams with the two best records move on to the finals. Escogido has off today. In action...

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Winter Leagues: Update On Marte’s Back Injury
Jan12

Winter Leagues: Update On Marte’s Back Injury

In the Dominican League yesterday, there was news on two Pirates players. Gregory Polanco will rejoin his Escogido team today and Starling Marte was shut down by the Pirates due to his back injury. Marte left last Saturday’s game early then missed Sunday’s game and sat out on Monday. His team was off on Tuesday and he returned to the lineup Wednesday, though he left early with the score out of hand. Marte was the...

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Winter Leagues: Pittsburgh Pirates In Panama
Jan11

Winter Leagues: Pittsburgh Pirates In Panama

Starling Marte told the Dominican League site yesterday that he missed two games early this week due to minor back discomfort, contrary to what we heard from some sources covering the team. There was speculation by some that he was taking off as a precaution due to a back injury, but the official word was that he was just resting. Marte said that he decided to take off until the minor discomfort was totally gone. He missed two games...

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