Winter Leagues: Mixed Results For Top Pirates Prospects In Winter Ball
Jan26

Winter Leagues: Mixed Results For Top Pirates Prospects In Winter Ball

For the last three weeks, we have been releasing the reports for the top twenty Pittsburgh Pirates prospects in our 2014 Prospect Guide. Starting tomorrow and running through Friday, we will post the reports for the top five spots and there should be no surprise over who is number one on that list. This year in  Winter ball, six of the top twenty prospects got into action and two of them are still playing. Below is a brief summary of...

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Winter Leagues: Polanco Reaches Base Four Times In Playoff Win
Jan25

Winter Leagues: Polanco Reaches Base Four Times In Playoff Win

In the Dominican League finals on Friday night, Gregory Polanco had a big game in his team’s 8-0 win. Polanco went 3-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base. He was moved up to second in the batting order from his usual third spot. His average is at just .220 in the playoffs(including round robin) so he hasn’t been hitting well since winning the Dominican Winter League MVP and Rookie of the Year award. His Escogido team is now...

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Winter Leagues: Harold Ramirez Collects Two Hits In Playoff Win
Jan23

Winter Leagues: Harold Ramirez Collects Two Hits In Playoff Win

On Wednesday night in the Dominican League Finals, Gregory Polanco had a tough game and the rest of his team didn’t do any better. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and his team lost 1-0, dropping them to 0-3 in the best-of-nine series. Polanco has struggled for the most part in the playoffs, hitting .176 in nine games. Game four of the series will take place tonight at 6:35 EST and it can be viewed here online. Earlier on...

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Winter Leagues: Polanco Goes Yard In Defeat
Jan22

Winter Leagues: Polanco Goes Yard In Defeat

In the Dominican League finals on Tuesday night, Gregory Polanco hit a long home run, accounting for his team’s only run in a 5-1 loss to Licey. You can see a gif of the home run here, which was posted on Twitter by imokemp. It came one day after he put on an impressive display with his speed, beating out a routine grounder to second base for an infield hit. Polanco finished the game going 1-for-3 with a walk. He flew out to...

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Winter Leagues: Polanco’s Hustle Not Enough in Escogido Loss
Jan21

Winter Leagues: Polanco’s Hustle Not Enough in Escogido Loss

From the Dominican League finals on Monday night, Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 in his team’s 2-1 loss. It was the opening game of the best-of-nine series. Polanco’s only hit was a single and he didn’t hit it hard, but it impressed Baseball America’s Ben Badler, who was in attendance. Badler tweeted shortly after the play that Polanco showed off his impressive speed by beating out a routine grounder to second...

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Winter Leagues: Starling Marte Done With Winter Ball
Jan20

Winter Leagues: Starling Marte Done With Winter Ball

It was announced yesterday by a few sources that Starling Marte is done with Winter ball this season. His Escogido team, along with teammate Gregory Polanco, will begin the Dominican League finals tonight against Licey. The winner of this best-of-nine series will go on to the Caribbean League World Series against the best Winter League teams from Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Marte had a rough Winter season. It started late as he...

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