Gregory Polanco and Josh Bell Q&A on MiLB.com

MiLB.com held a Q&A with two Pirates prospects, Gregory Polanco and Josh Bell. To read the Q&A, click here. Some of the highlights: **Polanco mentioned that he’s trying to get stronger, and up to 225 pounds. He says he’s at 220 pounds. He mentioned his goal was to add the “right weight”, which would allow him to add bat speed, arm strength, and velocity on the field. Last year he added weight, and it...

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Winter Leagues Update: Howard Wins Player of the Week

Justin Howard has been named the Player of the Week by the Australian Baseball League for his performance during his team’s four-game sweep last week against Melbourne. Howard went 9-for-14, with three walks, six runs scored and four RBI’s. He finished the week with two three-hit games. Howard started the year off very slow, but has pushed his totals to respectable levels, now owning a .274/.410/.419 line over 18 games....

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Winter Leagues Recap: Notes on Starling Marte

Starling Marte’s Winter League season is likely over. The Pirates had mentioned recently that they would shut him down so he gets rest before Spring Training. He didn’t play in last night’s game and with the Dominican Winter League now taking off the next two days for their All-Star game, Marte will be in Altoona by Wednesday night as part of the Pirates Winter Caravan tour. Marte went 0-for-8 during his last two...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Marte Comes Up Big Again

In Winter League action yesterday, Starling Marte continued his recent hot streak, going 3-for-5, with a double, triple, two runs scored and three RBI’s. He raised his average to .333 after 21 games and he has at least two hits in five of his last eight games. For the second game in a row, Marte was replaced late on defense in center field by Gregory Polanco. Earlier in the game, Marte made his third error of the season. Polanco...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Two More Hits For Marte

In Winter League action yesterday, Starling Marte went 2-for-4, with a run scored, two RBI’s and his eighth stolen base. Marte has a .316/.409/.461 line in 20 games this off-season. He has drawn 11 walks and been successful in all eight of his stolen base attempts. Gregory Polanco came into the game in the top of the 8th inning as a defensive replacement for Marte in center field. The score was already 12-2 at the time. In other...

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