Winter Leagues: Arribas Breaks Out of Slump, Sands Stays Cold
Dec05

Winter Leagues: Arribas Breaks Out of Slump, Sands Stays Cold

In Puerto Rico from Wednesday night, Jerry Sands went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Sands has been in a slump lately, hitting .152 in his last ten games, with 12 strikeouts in 33 at-bats. Benji Gonzalez got his first start of the season after collecting three hits and scoring three runs off the bench on Tuesday. Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts. He is 4-for-10 this season in four games. Ivan De Jesus Jr. went 2-for-4...

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First Pitch: Looks Like the Pirates Will Stay In House For Right Field
Dec05

First Pitch: Looks Like the Pirates Will Stay In House For Right Field

Heading into the off-season, it looked likely that the Pittsburgh Pirates could stay in-house in right field, rather than going after a free agent. If there was any doubt about that plan, it was removed on Monday when they tendered a contract to Travis Snider. By tendering a contract, the Pirates are guaranteeing that Snider will be on the team next year, and likely making $1.4 M. They also acquired Jaff Decker earlier in the...

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Winter Leagues: Big Game For Benji Gonzalez
Dec04

Winter Leagues: Big Game For Benji Gonzalez

In Puerto Rico from Tuesday night, Jerry Sands and his teammates had a rough night. The team managed just one hit the entire game, a third inning single, and Sands went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. He is hitting .250 through 23 games and has struck out 25 times in 76 at-bats. Sands ranks 11th in the league with an .812 OPS. Benji Gonzalez got his first real chance to play and he went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored....

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Winter Leagues: News on Lambo and Polanco
Dec03

Winter Leagues: News on Lambo and Polanco

Monday night in Winter ball for the Pittsburgh Pirates organization was a slow one, though two items of interest popped up. The first was concerning Gregory Polanco, who was scratched from the lineup with a stomach virus. It was a late decision to remove him from the lineup, happening less than an hour before game time. This is the second time he has missed action with an illness. Early in the year he missed three games with the flu....

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Winter Leagues: Two More Hits For Polanco
Dec02

Winter Leagues: Two More Hits For Polanco

In the Dominican League from Sunday, Gregory Polanco went 2-for-3 in his team’s 1-0 win. Polanco went 3-for-4 on Saturday, breaking a 1-for-16 streak. He is now hitting .320 in 33 games and ranks second in the league with 21 runs scored and third in hits with 39 and also third with 24 RBIs. Polanco is third in the DWL with a .924 OPS, seven points behind the two leaders who are tied for first. In Venezuela, Andrew Lambo went...

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