Pirates Trade Benji Gonzalez to San Diego Padres
May03

Pirates Trade Benji Gonzalez to San Diego Padres

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded infielder Benji Gonzalez to the San Diego Padres organization. Gonzalez had been in the Pirates organization since being taken in the 7th round of the 2008 amateur draft. He had not played this season after spending the last three years at Bradenton. He was in Extended Spring Training at the time of the deal. Gonzalez played Winter Ball in Puerto Rico this off-season, hitting .317 over 20 games. The...

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Winter Leagues: Big Last Game For Rojas, Polanco Returns to Field
Jan18

Winter Leagues: Big Last Game For Rojas, Polanco Returns to Field

From Friday night in the Dominican, Gregory Polanco made just his second start since December 30th and it was his first start in the field since returning. Polanco was back in center field in Escogido’s 6-1 loss. He went 1-for-4 with a double and he drove in his team’s only run. Polanco hit .174 with three RBIs in the playoffs, but his team still advanced to the finals with an 11-7 record in the round robin tournament. The...

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Winter Leagues: Arribas Goes Deep in Australia
Jan17

Winter Leagues: Arribas Goes Deep in Australia

From Australia on Friday, Danny Arribas hit his first home run of the ABL season, but it wasn’t enough, as his team lost 5-2 to Adelaide. Arribas was the designated hitter and he went 1-for-3 with a solo homer. He is hitting .157 through 31 games and he came into the day with just three extra base hits, all doubles. Arribas has just one home run in three seasons of pro ball, a solo home run on June 21,2012 while he was in the...

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Winter Leagues:  Kennelly and Hutchings Square Off In Australia
Jan16

Winter Leagues: Kennelly and Hutchings Square Off In Australia

Neither Gregory Polanco nor Starling Marte played last night, and Marte may not return to play Winter ball this year, but their Escogido team clinched home field advantage for the finals. With two games left in the round robin tournament, any of the other three teams could pull out the second spot. Polanco played Tuesday night and went 0-for-5, though he scored once and drove in a run. He had not played since December 30th. From...

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Winter Leagues: Polanco Returns In Escogido’s Clincher
Jan15

Winter Leagues: Polanco Returns In Escogido’s Clincher

In the Dominican on Tuesday night, Gregory Polanco returned to action for the first time in over two weeks. He last played on December 30th, before he left for the United States to attend Pirates mini-camp and MLB’s Rookie Career Development Program. Polanco went 0-for-5 in his team’s 6-0 victory. He scored once and drove in a run. Polanco was the designated hitter during his first day back. His team used four pitchers to...

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