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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First Pitch: Will the Pirates Get a First Baseman or a Right Fielder?
Nov26

First Pitch: Will the Pirates Get a First Baseman or a Right Fielder?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have needs at first base and right field this off-season. They have several internal options for the positions, although it would be best if they went with at least one free agent to give them a boost. At first base, the Pirates look to be going back to a platoon. They’ll be looking for someone to pair up with Gaby Sanchez, which is the opposite of the last two years when they were looking for someone like...

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A Platoon at First Base Seems Most Likely For the Pirates
Nov25

A Platoon at First Base Seems Most Likely For the Pirates

The Pirates have employed a platoon at first base in each of the last two years, trying to find a right-handed hitter to pair with Garrett Jones. Now it seems they’re in the opposite situation. They added Gaby Sanchez at the 2012 trade deadline, and saw Sanchez put up great numbers against lefties in 2013. However, Jones struggled, and was designated for assignment today. The move today didn’t really change any future...

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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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