Winter Leagues: Jose Tabata Will Play Winter Ball
Oct25

Winter Leagues: Jose Tabata Will Play Winter Ball

It has been confirmed that Jose Tabata will play Winter ball this season for Caribes de Anzoategui of the Venezuelan Winter League. He will join the team in mid-November. Last year, Tabata wanted to go to Winter ball but the Pittsburgh Pirates wouldn’t allow him to play, which got a negative response from Tabata and his agent, who felt he needed to play so he could mature as a player. Major League Baseball and the Winter Leagues...

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2013 Bradenton Marauders Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct21

2013 Bradenton Marauders Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

The Bradenton Marauders started the 2013 season as one of the most exciting teams to follow in the system. That was largely due to the presence of the top two hitting prospects in the system — Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson — and one of the top pitching prospects in Nick Kingham. By mid-season, Polanco and Kingham were promoted to Altoona, and Hanson was soon to follow. What remained was a roster filled with talented...

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Winter League Recap: Polanco Goes Deep in Season Opener
Oct19

Winter League Recap: Polanco Goes Deep in Season Opener

Yesterday, Jake Oswalt posted an article about the tools displayed by Gregory Polanco. Hours later, on Opening Night in the Dominican Winter League, Polanco put on a show with those tools. In his team’s 4-1 victory, he hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning, added a single and a walk, plus threw out two runners at home plate. The home run had a couple Pirates from this season involved. It was given up by Atahualpa...

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Winter League Recap: The Dominican League Starts Tonight
Oct18

Winter League Recap: The Dominican League Starts Tonight

The Winter League season is almost in full gear as the Dominican Winter League begins tonight. Also, the Veracruz League begins play as well. The Venezuelan League was in full gear last night, with four Pirates players getting into action. Jose Osuna came in as a defensive replacement at first base in the eighth inning and didn’t get a chance to bat. In three games, all off the bench, he has batted once. Elias Diaz got his...

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Winter League Recap: David Bromberg Makes His Debut
Oct14

Winter League Recap: David Bromberg Makes His Debut

As mentioned in the Venezuelan Winter League preview, the amount of Pittsburgh Pirates farmhands playing Winter ball will change throughout the year as players are added and dropped from the organization and some players either start their season later or end it sooner. Last night, two Pirates players made their debut, though neither was on an Opening Day roster just three days ago. David Bromberg got the start for Navegantes de...

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