Winter Leagues: Escobar Homers, Polanco Leaves Game Early
Dec29

Winter Leagues: Escobar Homers, Polanco Leaves Game Early

In the Dominican from Saturday night, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco played their second straight game in the outfield together. Their Escogido team won 6-1 in their second playoff game, moving to 1-1 after losing the opener. Polanco went 1-for-2 with a single, run scored and hit-by-pitch, which came in his first plate appearance. The pitch was a 99 MPH fastball from 22-year-old St Louis Cardinals reliever Carlos Martinez and hit...

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Winter Leagues: Marte and Polanco In the Same Outfield
Dec28

Winter Leagues: Marte and Polanco In the Same Outfield

In the Dominican from Friday night, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco got their playoff schedule started. Their Escogido team lost 2-0 in the opener. Marte went 1-for-4 with a single, while Polanco had his toughest game of the Winter, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. The two Pirates players were in the same outfield for the first time, with Polanco in center field and Marte in left field.  Marte was the designated hitter in his...

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Winter Leagues: Navarro Makes Debut, Dominican League Playoff Rosters
Dec24

Winter Leagues: Navarro Makes Debut, Dominican League Playoff Rosters

The big news from Monday in the Winter Leagues centered around the Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect, Gregory Polanco. He took home both the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards from the Dominican Winter League. He received 45 of a possible 67 first place votes for the MVP award and 61 first place votes for the ROY award. The league wrapped up it’s regular season on Sunday and the playoffs will begin on Friday. Four...

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Winter Leagues: Polanco Finishes as Dominican League Leader in OPS
Dec23

Winter Leagues: Polanco Finishes as Dominican League Leader in OPS

The Dominican Winter League wrapped up it’s regular season on Sunday and Gregory Polanco finished with a .331/.428/.494 slash line in 44 games. He had 55 hits, 28 runs scored, 28 RBIs and 28 walks. Polanco hit ten doubles, one triple and five homers, while stealing seven bases in eight tries. He lost the batting title on the last day when Rafael Ynoa went 2-for-3 to move from .326 to .333 to overtake the lead. Ynoa left the game...

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Winter Leagues: Starling Marte Returns To Lineup
Dec22

Winter Leagues: Starling Marte Returns To Lineup

From the Dominican on Saturday night, Starling Marte returned to the lineup and went 2-for-3 with a single, double and walk. He left Thursday’s game after getting hit by a pitch on his left hand in the first inning and then he sat out Friday night. Marte has reached base in six of his ten plate appearances. Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 with a single. His average dropped slightly, down to .331, but he remains the league leader in...

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