Pirates International Players Who Could Make the Jump to the US in 2014
Feb28

Pirates International Players Who Could Make the Jump to the US in 2014

The Pittsburgh Pirates will have a lot of new international players in minor league camp this year, with 39 guys making the jump to the US for Spring Training. Not all of these players are guaranteed to stay in the US. There have been several cases where a player spends time in Spring Training, only to return to the DSL for the start of the season. However, it seems that in this case, the Pirates will have a lot of guys coming up,...

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International Links: Two Players Pirates Have Scouted
Feb08

International Links: Two Players Pirates Have Scouted

A couple international players have been mentioned recently with Pittsburgh Pirates scouts attached to their stories. One is a veteran with a long international track record, while the other would be part of the 2014 July 2nd signing class. The first is a player from Cuba, who may be one of those rare players from that country that are allowed to leave to pursue baseball elsewhere. Yulieski Gourriel is a 29-year-old third baseman, who...

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Winter Leagues: Polanco Reaches Base Five Times In Victory
Jan27

Winter Leagues: Polanco Reaches Base Five Times In Victory

After Gregory Polanco’s last game in the playoffs, we used the title “Polanco Reaches Base Four Times In Victory“. Just one game later, he one-upped himself, reaching base five times in Escogido’s 9-6 win. Polanco went 1-for-2, walking four times and hitting a ninth inning RBI single. He was a big part of his team’s offense, coming around to score on three of those walks. Escogido has now won three...

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Winter Leagues: Polanco Reaches Base Four Times In Playoff Win
Jan25

Winter Leagues: Polanco Reaches Base Four Times In Playoff Win

In the Dominican League finals on Friday night, Gregory Polanco had a big game in his team’s 8-0 win. Polanco went 3-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base. He was moved up to second in the batting order from his usual third spot. His average is at just .220 in the playoffs(including round robin) so he hasn’t been hitting well since winning the Dominican Winter League MVP and Rookie of the Year award. His Escogido team is now...

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Winter Leagues: Polanco Helps Team to Playoff Victory
Jan24

Winter Leagues: Polanco Helps Team to Playoff Victory

On Thursday night in the Dominican League finals, Gregory Polanco went 0-for-3, but he walked twice and scored two runs in his team’s 6-5 victory. Escogido now trails 3-1 in the best-of-nine game series. Polanco had an 0-for-4 night on Wednesday, when all four at-bats were against Major League pitchers in Esmil Rogers and Victor Marte. Polanco was ranked the 13th best prospect by MLB.com last night. Earlier in the week, he was...

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