Winter Leagues: Two Hits For Polanco, Marte Injury Update
Dec21

Winter Leagues: Two Hits For Polanco, Marte Injury Update

In the Dominican from Friday night, Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base. He came into the game leading the Dominican League in batting average, OPS and runs scored. The regular season has just two days left and Polanco’s team has only one game left. Starling Marte did not play on Friday, one day after being removed from the game on Thursday night when he got hit by a pitch during his first plate...

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Winter Leagues: Polanco Homers, Marte Leaves After Getting Hit By Pitch
Dec20

Winter Leagues: Polanco Homers, Marte Leaves After Getting Hit By Pitch

In the Dominican on Thursday night, Escogido fans saw something very good and something that looked possibly very bad from their two Pittsburgh Pirates players. Gregory Polanco hit a solo homer in the third, his fifth of the season, but Starling Marte was the big news. He was hit by a pitch on his left hand in the first inning, and while he stayed in the game to run the bases, he was taken out of the game at the end of the inning....

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Winter Leagues: Starling Marte Makes Winter Debut
Dec19

Winter Leagues: Starling Marte Makes Winter Debut

On Wednesday night in the Dominican, fans got their first chance to see Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco in the same Escogido lineup. Marte made his season debut, hitting third in the lineup and he was the designated hitter. Polanco batted right in front of Marte in the lineup and he was playing his normal center field position. Marte singled in his first at-bat, then got hit by a pitch. He struck out in the fifth inning, then again...

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Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Gregory Polanco
Dec18

Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Gregory Polanco

On Tuesday night in the Dominican, Gregory Polanco went 3-for-4 with three singles. He is now hitting .322 and has reached base 75 times in 40 games. Polanco came into the game as the league’s leader in runs scored and he ranked third in both walks(one behind leaders) and OPS. Carlos Paulino had a tough day, going 0-for-3 with two errors. He also allowed two stolen bases in two attempts. His defense has been highly praised...

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Winter Leagues: Sam Kennelly Gains Valuable Experience
Dec17

Winter Leagues: Sam Kennelly Gains Valuable Experience

Monday was a very quiet day in Winter ball everywhere, the only game took place in Venezuela and no Pirates players were involved. With that in mind, we take off from the recaps for a day to take a look at the progress of one of the youngest Pittsburgh Pirates players in Winter ball. The Pirates signed 16-year-old Sam Kennelly in July of 2012 for a $225,000 bonus. He was signed as a shortstop out of Australia by Tony Harris and then...

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Winter Leagues: Martinez Drives In Three Runs
Dec16

Winter Leagues: Martinez Drives In Three Runs

In the Dominican from Sunday, Gregory Polanco went 0-for-4 in his team’s 4-1 loss. He is hitting .310 through 39 games. Polanco missed all of last week with a stomach virus. In six games this week, he went 6-for-23 with five walks and two RBIs. Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. He came into the game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and stayed in on defense in left field. Carlos Paulino went 0-for-1 with a...

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