Winter Leagues: Harold Ramirez Hits First Homer
Jan01

Winter Leagues: Harold Ramirez Hits First Homer

From Colombia on Monday night, Harold Ramirez hit his first home run of the season, as his team swept a doubleheader. Ramirez was in a slump since the All-Star break, seeing his average drop over 50 points in an eight game stretch. His team however, is in first place with a four game lead and just seven games left in the season. If his team finishes in first place, they will get a first round bye in the playoffs, as the second and...

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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: Martinez Drives In Three Runs
Dec16

Winter Leagues: Martinez Drives In Three Runs

In the Dominican from Sunday, Gregory Polanco went 0-for-4 in his team’s 4-1 loss. He is hitting .310 through 39 games. Polanco missed all of last week with a stomach virus. In six games this week, he went 6-for-23 with five walks and two RBIs. Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. He came into the game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and stayed in on defense in left field. Carlos Paulino went 0-for-1 with a...

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Winter Leagues: Polanco and Ramirez Lead Pirates Winter Class
Dec09

Winter Leagues: Polanco and Ramirez Lead Pirates Winter Class

With an extremely slow day in Winter League action on Sunday, now is a good time to catch up on all of the Pittsburgh Pirates players who are taking part in leagues around the world. During our daily updates, we normally cover players that were in the Pirates system at the end of the 2013 season and are still free agents, such as Ivan De Jesus Jr. and David Bromberg, but all of the players mentioned below are still in the Pirates...

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Winter Leagues: Four Hits For Diaz, Ramirez Stays Hot
Dec08

Winter Leagues: Four Hits For Diaz, Ramirez Stays Hot

In Venezuela from Saturday, Andrew Lambo was back at first base for the second game in a row. It was the first time he played there on back-to-back days. Lambo was there for six innings on Saturday before moving on defense to right field, which also happened on Friday night. He handled all eight chances he had without an error, including one ground ball, plus he fielded a sacrifice bunt successfully. On Friday, he had ten total...

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