Winter Leagues: Ramirez Leads Team To 6-5 Victory
Jan06

Winter Leagues: Ramirez Leads Team To 6-5 Victory

From Colombia on Saturday, Harold Ramirez reached base three times and scored two runs in his team’s 6-5 win. Ramirez went 2-for-4 with two singles and a walk. He is now hitting .317 in 35 games with a .423 slugging percentage. His team moved to 30-8 on the season. The regular season in Colombia ends on Wednesday. Ramirez’s team has a first round bye and they will start their playoffs on the 18th. Yhonathan Barrios has...

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Winter Leagues: Marte Drives In Four Runs In 4-3 Win
Jan04

Winter Leagues: Marte Drives In Four Runs In 4-3 Win

On Friday night in the Dominican, Starling Marte accounted for all four of his team’s runs in a 4-3 win. Marte had a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning that made the score 2-1 in favor of Tigres del Licey. In the sixth inning, Marte hit a three-run homer to give his team a lead that they wouldn’t surrender. Escogido is now 4-2 in the playoffs and they have won two straight without Gregory Polanco. From the first night of...

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Winter Leagues: Marte and Escogido Win Without Polanco
Jan03

Winter Leagues: Marte and Escogido Win Without Polanco

From the Dominican on Thursday night, Starling Marte went 1-for-5 with a single in his team’s 4-1 win. During the Dominican League regular season, Marte went 3-for-7 with a walk and two hit-by-pitches in three games. In the playoffs, he is now 4-for-20 with two walks in five games. Marte was without his Pirates teammate Gregory Polanco, who is attending the MLB Rookie Career Development Program. Polanco’s GM Moises Alou...

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14 Boom or Bust Pirates Who Could Make a Difference in 2014
Dec31

14 Boom or Bust Pirates Who Could Make a Difference in 2014

One year ago today, I wrote an article about the 13 Boom or Bust Players Who Could Make a Difference in 2013. The Pittsburgh Pirates had a lot of players last off-season who had a chance to be a top performer, but also came with a risk that they could be as low as a bust. Here were the players I outlined last year, and the results in 2013. 2013 Results Hitters Starling Marte: 4.6 WAR Travis Snider: -0.6 WAR Jerry Sands: Triple-A Jose...

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Winter Leagues: Marte Reaches Base Twice, Three Hits For Polo
Dec31

Winter Leagues: Marte Reaches Base Twice, Three Hits For Polo

From the Dominican on Monday night, Escogido won 2-0 to even their record at 2-2 in the playoffs. Gregory Polanco returned to center field after hitting in the designated hitter spot on Sunday. He went 0-for-4, but Starling Marte reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a single and a walk. The starting pitcher was Graham Godfrey, who threw five shutout innings, giving up one hit, one walk and he had four strikeouts. Godfrey is still a...

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