Pirates Release Six Minor Leaguers, Including Two Big Bonus Cuban Players
Mar22

Pirates Release Six Minor Leaguers, Including Two Big Bonus Cuban Players

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released six minor league players, Pirates Prospects has learned. Included in that group are two Cuban players that each received large bonuses. Outfielder Carlos Mesa and pitchers Axel Diaz, Cesar Lopez, Elvin Ramirez, Kirk Singer and Eliecer Navarro were all let go. Cesar Lopez signed for $600,000 in September of 2010. He was 19 years old at the time and was said to throw 94 MPH with a good sinker and...

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Winter Leagues: Escogido Loses Without Marte and Polanco
Jan07

Winter Leagues: Escogido Loses Without Marte and Polanco

Starling Marte missed his second straight game on Monday night in the Dominican. Without him and Gregory Polanco, their Escogido team lost last night, dropping them to 6-3 in the 18 game round robin tournament. Several sources listed Marte as day-to-day with a minor back injury, while others said it was just rest. Either way, he should return to the lineup when he team resumes play on Wednesday. Polanco is in Bradenton now attending...

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Winter Leagues: Marte and Escogido Win Third Straight
Jan05

Winter Leagues: Marte and Escogido Win Third Straight

From the Dominican League playoffs on Saturday, Starling Marte went 1-for-3 with a walk in his team’s 8-3 win. In Friday’s game, Marte drove in all four runs in a 4-3 win. Escogido has won three straight games without Gregory Polanco. ¬†Their playoff record stands at 5-2 now in the 18 game round robin tournament. All three of the other teams are 3-4 so far. Elvin Ramirez made his first appearance since joining the...

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Winter Leagues: Starling Marte Makes Winter Debut
Dec19

Winter Leagues: Starling Marte Makes Winter Debut

On Wednesday night in the Dominican, fans got their first chance to see Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco in the same Escogido lineup. Marte made his season debut, hitting third in the lineup and he was the designated hitter. Polanco batted right in front of Marte in the lineup and he was playing his normal center field position. Marte singled in his first at-bat, then got hit by a pitch. He struck out in the fifth inning, then again...

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Pirates Sign Seven Minor League Free Agents
Dec18

Pirates Sign Seven Minor League Free Agents

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the signings of seven minor league free agents today. We had heard previously about Michael Martinez and Brandon Mann, while Kyle McPherson has returned to the organization. On top of those names, also announced today were LHP Adam Wilk, LHP Daniel Schlereth, 1B Travis Ishikawa and RHP Elvin Ramirez. Ishikawa, Martinez, Schlereth, Wilk and McPherson were all invited to Spring Training as...

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