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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Winter Leagues: Polanco Homers, Marte Leaves After Getting Hit By Pitch
Dec20

Winter Leagues: Polanco Homers, Marte Leaves After Getting Hit By Pitch

In the Dominican on Thursday night, Escogido fans saw something very good and something that looked possibly very bad from their two Pittsburgh Pirates players. Gregory Polanco hit a solo homer in the third, his fifth of the season, but Starling Marte was the big news. He was hit by a pitch on his left hand in the first inning, and while he stayed in the game to run the bases, he was taken out of the game at the end of the inning....

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Winter Leagues: Sam Kennelly Gains Valuable Experience
Dec17

Winter Leagues: Sam Kennelly Gains Valuable Experience

Monday was a very quiet day in Winter ball everywhere, the only game took place in Venezuela and no Pirates players were involved. With that in mind, we take off from the recaps for a day to take a look at the progress of one of the youngest Pittsburgh Pirates players in Winter ball. The Pirates signed 16-year-old Sam Kennelly in July of 2012 for a $225,000 bonus. He was signed as a shortstop out of Australia by Tony Harris and then...

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Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Starts at Second Base Again
Dec15

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Starts at Second Base Again

From the Dominican on Saturday night, Gregory Polanco went 0-for-4 with a walk, RBI and run scored in his team’s 6-5 loss in ten innings. He is hitting .319 with 27 walks and 26 RBIs in 38 games. Alen Hanson went 0-for-4 on Saturday night, his second straight game playing second base. He handled all his chances in the field cleanly. While he has played second base before, he has not played the position in two years. As a rookie...

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Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Rojas, Garcia Makes Debut
Dec14

Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Rojas, Garcia Makes Debut

On Friday night in the Dominican, Alen Hanson went 1-for-5 with a single and two strikeouts. He was also thrown out stealing. The big news of the game was where he was in the field. Hanson started at second base for the first time. He handled all four chances in the field cleanly. Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 with a single. He is 6-for-15 in four games since returning from a stomach virus that caused him to miss all of last week. In...

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