Winter Leagues Notebook: Pirates Have Talented Outfielders in Winter Ball
Nov26

Winter Leagues Notebook: Pirates Have Talented Outfielders in Winter Ball

The Pittsburgh Pirates have 26 players that have played Winter ball so far this season, along with some players that were in the organization during the 2013 season, who are currently minor league free agents. The best players in this group are the outfielders and there are even more on the way. Gregory Polanco has been tearing up the Dominican League, while the Colombian League has two of the younger talented players in the system...

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Winter Leagues: Sands Shows Off Arm in Puerto Rico
Nov25

Winter Leagues: Sands Shows Off Arm in Puerto Rico

In the Dominican League on Sunday, Gregory Polanco had an unusually quiet game, going 0-for-4 in his team’s 5-2 win. It was just the second time in 28 games that Polanco failed to reach base. He has helped his team to a 19-11 record, best in the league. In Venezuela, Andrew Lambo went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and an RBI on a first inning sacrifice fly. His first week in Venezuela was a tough one as he tries to shake off the...

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Winter Leagues: Big Day For Paulino, Jackson Continues Shutout Streak
Nov24

Winter Leagues: Big Day For Paulino, Jackson Continues Shutout Streak

In the Dominican from Saturday night, Gregory Polanco went 1-for-3 with a double, run scored, walk and RBI in his team’s 8-2 loss. Polanco has reached base 54 times in 27 games and been on base at least once in all but one game. He now has 25 RBIs this Winter. Starling Marte is practicing with the Escogido team, but is not 100% healed from his hand injury. He has what is being called by the team, a finger injury. The team hopes...

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Winter Leagues: Polanco Reaches Base Three Times, Drives In Two Runs
Nov23

Winter Leagues: Polanco Reaches Base Three Times, Drives In Two Runs

In the Dominican on Friday night, Gregory Polanco went 2-for-3 with a walk, two stolen bases and two RBIs. Polanco is batting .333 in 26 games, with 20 walks and 24 RBIs. He has reached base via hit or walk in all but one game this season. Polanco has a .979 OPS, second best in the DWL. Mel Rojas Jr. struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning.  It was just his third appearances this season and his first game in three weeks....

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Winter Leagues: Andrew Lambo Starts at First Base
Nov22

Winter Leagues: Andrew Lambo Starts at First Base

In Venezuela, Andrew Lambo went 0-for-3 with an RBI on a sacrifice fly and a run scored. He also struck out two times. The opposing starting pitcher was Carlos Zambrano, who went 6.1 innings. The big news from the game was that Lambo started the game at first base. Late in the game with the score out of hand, he switched to right field, where he played the first two games of his Winter season. Lambo is expected to compete for a spot...

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Winter Leagues: Lambo Drives In Two Runs In Win
Nov21

Winter Leagues: Lambo Drives In Two Runs In Win

In the Dominican on Wednesday night, Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 with a double and walk. It was the seventh double of the season for Polanco. He struck out in the sixth inning, ending a streak of 34 straight plate appearances without a strikeout. Polanco has reached base in 24 of his 25 games this Winter. On Tuesday night, Polanco played in front of Pirates manager Clint Hurdle and General Manager Neal Huntington, who were both in...

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