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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Pirates Re-Sign Three Minor League Free Agents
Nov15

Pirates Re-Sign Three Minor League Free Agents

According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed three minor league free agents. Details below the tweet. #Pirates re-sign minor league free agents C Francisco Diaz, OF Miles Durham and LHP Jhonathan Ramos. — Matt Eddy (@MattEddyBA) November 15, 2013 Jhonathan Ramos, LHP – He has put up good numbers in the lower levels, although that’s mostly due to his good breaking stuff. He jumped...

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Winter Leagues: More Pirates Players Confirmed For Winter Ball
Oct27

Winter Leagues: More Pirates Players Confirmed For Winter Ball

Gregory Polanco had his second straight 1-for-4 game, picking up a single. He has hits in seven straight games to start the Dominican League season. Polanco is 12-for-28 with four doubles and three homers. Luis Sanz allowed one run on one hit and he a hit batter in two innings of work. He also threw a wild pitch. In five innings over four appearances, Sanz has allowed two runs on three hits and two walks. In Venezuela, Jose Osuna got...

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Top Performers: Buckner Showing Off His Power; Hanson Heating Up in Altoona
Aug26

Top Performers: Buckner Showing Off His Power; Hanson Heating Up in Altoona

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level, rather than combining their stats. Notes on the...

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Bell, Diaz Come Up Big For West Virginia

Josh Bell went 3 for 4 with a late home run that provided some breathing room in West Virginia’s 7-3 win against visiting Greenville in the first game of a doubleheader at Appalachian Power Park, but it was catcher Francisco Diaz that knocked in three runs prior to that to give the Power an early lead that it managed to hang on to. Diaz singled in the third to drive in two and then another single in the fifth inning brought Bell...

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