Who Should the Pirates Protect From the Rule 5 Draft?
Nov05

Who Should the Pirates Protect From the Rule 5 Draft?

In two weeks and one day, on November 20th, MLB teams will have to submit their 40-man rosters, complete with players protected from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. I’ve posted the players who are eligible before, and you should know the rules if you’ve been reading this site for any amount of time. If not, here is a quick refresher on when players become eligible. **If a player was 18 or younger in the year he was signed, he...

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Winter Leagues: Jerry Sands Drives In First Run
Nov05

Winter Leagues: Jerry Sands Drives In First Run

In a light day of action on Monday, Jerry Sands went 1-for-3 with an RBI. He had a single and a sacrifice fly. There was only one game in Puerto Rico due to the weather. Sands is 1-for-7 through two games. In the Dominican, Matt Hague went 0-for-4 in his team’s 4-3 loss. Hague is hitting .306 through ten games. Gregory Polanco had the day off one night after having his 13 game hitting streak snapped. If you missed it from...

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How Good Are The Pitchers Facing Gregory Polanco?
Nov04

How Good Are The Pitchers Facing Gregory Polanco?

A popular question during the Winter League season is “How good are these leagues the Pirates players are competing in?” When a player like Gregory Polanco starts tearing up the league, people question how good the pitchers are that he is facing. It happened last year with Starling Marte when he was picking up Player of the Week awards consistently in the Dominican. So I broke down the competition just so people could see...

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Winter Leagues: Polanco Loses Hitting Streak In Loss
Nov04

Winter Leagues: Polanco Loses Hitting Streak In Loss

In the Dominican, Gregory Polanco had his 13 game hitting streak snapped, but he was still able to reach base once via walk. He finished the game 0-for-3, flying out to deep RF in the eighth to end his streak. In 14 games this season, he has reached base 30 times. Matt Hague came on in the eighth inning as a pinch hitter for Toros del Este. He stayed in the game at first base and ended up going 0-for-1 with a walk. In Venezuela, Elias...

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Winter Leagues: Gregory Polanco Reaches Lucky Thirteen
Nov03

Winter Leagues: Gregory Polanco Reaches Lucky Thirteen

In the Dominican League on Saturday night, Gregory Polanco had a sixth inning single to extend his season-long hit streak to 13 games. Polanco finished the game 1-for-3, scored a run and also drew two walks. He has seven walks in his last three games. Polanco is hitting .380 in 50 AB’s with 13 runs scored and 13 RBI’s. In Puerto Rico, Ivan De Jesus Jr went 3-for-3 with a double and a walk. He went 1-for-3 with two walks in...

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