Winter Leagues: Polanco Returns With Two Hits
Dec30

Winter Leagues: Polanco Returns With Two Hits

In the Dominican from Sunday, Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte played their third playoff game for Escogido. Polanco left Saturday’s game early after being hit on the knee with a 99 MPH fastball. He returned on Sunday, but he was in the lineup as the designated hitter, while Marte moved from left field to center field. Polanco went 2-for-4 with a run scored and Marte went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Their Escogido team lost 7-5...

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Winter Leagues: Escobar Homers, Polanco Leaves Game Early
Dec29

Winter Leagues: Escobar Homers, Polanco Leaves Game Early

In the Dominican from Saturday night, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco played their second straight game in the outfield together. Their Escogido team won 6-1 in their second playoff game, moving to 1-1 after losing the opener. Polanco went 1-for-2 with a single, run scored and hit-by-pitch, which came in his first plate appearance. The pitch was a 99 MPH fastball from 22-year-old St Louis Cardinals reliever Carlos Martinez and hit...

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Winter Leagues: Marte and Polanco In the Same Outfield
Dec28

Winter Leagues: Marte and Polanco In the Same Outfield

In the Dominican from Friday night, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco got their playoff schedule started. Their Escogido team lost 2-0 in the opener. Marte went 1-for-4 with a single, while Polanco had his toughest game of the Winter, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. The two Pirates players were in the same outfield for the first time, with Polanco in center field and Marte in left field.  Marte was the designated hitter in his...

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Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Gonzalez
Dec27

Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Gonzalez

In Puerto Rico from Thursday night, Benji Gonzalez had a big night in his team’s 8-1 win. He went 3-for-5 with three singles, two runs scored and two RBIs. Gonzalez came into the game with just one RBI in his first 16 games. He is now hitting .308, though he has drawn just one walk. He has a .763 OPS and has not made an error all season. From Friday in Australia, Sam Kennelly was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in action. He...

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Winter Leagues: Navarro Makes Debut, Dominican League Playoff Rosters
Dec24

Winter Leagues: Navarro Makes Debut, Dominican League Playoff Rosters

The big news from Monday in the Winter Leagues centered around the Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect, Gregory Polanco. He took home both the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards from the Dominican Winter League. He received 45 of a possible 67 first place votes for the MVP award and 61 first place votes for the ROY award. The league wrapped up it’s regular season on Sunday and the playoffs will begin on Friday. Four...

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Gregory Polanco Takes Home MVP and ROY Awards
Dec23

Gregory Polanco Takes Home MVP and ROY Awards

On Monday afternoon, the Dominican Winter League announced that Gregory Polanco won both the Most Valuable Player and the Rookie of the Year awards. Polanco helped his Leones del Escogido team to a 31-19 record, the best in the Dominican Winter League. Polanco finished with a .331 batting average, losing the batting title on the last day by two points. He led the league with a .922 OPS, the only player in the league with an OPS over...

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