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 Homers, Navarro Added to Roster
Nov19

Winter Leagues: Sands Homers, Navarro Added to Roster

In the Dominican on Monday night, Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 with a single, walk and RBI. He picked up the RBI on a 6th inning ground out with his team down 6-0 at the time. They came back to tie the score, but lost 7-6 in 11 innings. Polanco has now reached base in 22 of 23 games. Earlier in the day, Baseball America named Polanco their top prospect in the Pirates farm system. On the other side of that 7-6 game, Oscar Tejeda and...

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Winter Leagues: Big Game For Harold Ramirez
Nov15

Winter Leagues: Big Game For Harold Ramirez

From Wednesday night in the Colombian League, Harold Ramirez had a big game in his team’s 11-2 win. Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a walk. He scored three runs, drove in two runs and stole two bases. He is 6-for-16 through five games. In Venezuela, Elvis Escobar came off the bench for the second straight day since being added to the Cardenales de Lara roster. He came in as a defensive replacement in left field during the top of the...

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Winter Leagues: De Jesus Stays Hot With Two Hits
Nov12

Winter Leagues: De Jesus Stays Hot With Two Hits

On a slow night on the schedule, Ivan De Jesus Jr went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. He is hitting .476 through seven games, all of which have been played at second base. Jerry Sands went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He is 5-for-18 in five games this season, but he has struck out eight times already and has not scored a run. In the Dominican, Carlos Paulino went 1-for-3 with a single in his team’s 8-1 loss. He made...

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Winter Leagues: Ramirez Debuts Today, Polanco Update
Nov08

Winter Leagues: Ramirez Debuts Today, Polanco Update

Gregory Polanco has missed the last couple games, plus his team has had two days off this week, so fans were getting a little anxious about his absence. Finally got word that he has been out with the flu, which has knocked a handful of his teammates out of action as well. Polanco is also dealing with some personal family issues, but he should be back in the lineup soon. UPDATE: That soon came very soon. Polanco will be in the lineup...

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