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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Winter Leagues Recap: Marte and Polanco Both Play

In Winter League action last night, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco played outfield together for the first time, with Marte moving over to right field to make room in center for Polanco. Batting third in the lineup, Marte went 1-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and a strikeout. Polanco went 0-for-3 and was pinch-hit for in the 9th inning, as the Leones manager(former Pirate Ken Oberkfell) went to former major league Willy Aybar with his...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Polanco Gets the Start

In Dominican League action yesterday, Gregory Polanco got the start in center field, batting seventh for Leones del Escogido. He went 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout, while also being thrown out at second on a stolen base attempt. He has a .222/.222/.296 line in 27 AB’s, with no walks and eight strikeouts. Polanco got just his second start in the last nine days, replacing Starling Marte, who has been starting in center...

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Pirates Prospects 2012 Minor League Player of the Year

Last year there was a pretty close race between two players in the system for our 2011 Minor League Player of the Year. Starling Marte and Robbie Grossman both had similar results, and the edge went to Marte as he played at a higher level. This year there was another close race, only the two players played at the same level, on the same team. Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson were the biggest breakout players in the system, and two of...

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