Winter Leagues: Polo Goes Yard In 6-4 Win
Jan08

Winter Leagues: Polo Goes Yard In 6-4 Win

From Colombia on Monday, Tito Polo hit a solo home run in his team’s 6-4 win. The homer was his first of the season. Harold Ramirez reached base three times, going 1-for-3 with a single, walk, hit-by-pitch and run scored. He is now hitting .323 with nine extra base hits in 37 games. Polo is hitting .237 in 24 games and he has a .699 OPS. The league is a good measuring stick for how much each player has improved over last season....

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Winter Leagues: Escogido Loses Without Marte and Polanco
Jan07

Winter Leagues: Escogido Loses Without Marte and Polanco

Starling Marte missed his second straight game on Monday night in the Dominican. Without him and Gregory Polanco, their Escogido team lost last night, dropping them to 6-3 in the 18 game round robin tournament. Several sources listed Marte as day-to-day with a minor back injury, while others said it was just rest. Either way, he should return to the lineup when he team resumes play on Wednesday. Polanco is in Bradenton now attending...

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An Early Preview of What Could Be the Best Outfield in Baseball
Jan06

An Early Preview of What Could Be the Best Outfield in Baseball

A few weeks ago I wrote that the Pittsburgh Pirates could soon have the best outfield in baseball. That could happen once Gregory Polanco arrives in the majors, which is expected to be in the second half of the 2014 season. Polanco profiles as an impact player, and I believe he could be just as good as Andrew McCutchen when he reaches his potential in the majors. Adding Polanco to McCutchen and Starling Marte will give the Pirates a...

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Winter Leagues: Ramirez Leads Team To 6-5 Victory
Jan06

Winter Leagues: Ramirez Leads Team To 6-5 Victory

From Colombia on Saturday, Harold Ramirez reached base three times and scored two runs in his team’s 6-5 win. Ramirez went 2-for-4 with two singles and a walk. He is now hitting .317 in 35 games with a .423 slugging percentage. His team moved to 30-8 on the season. The regular season in Colombia ends on Wednesday. Ramirez’s team has a first round bye and they will start their playoffs on the 18th. Yhonathan Barrios has...

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Winter Leagues: Marte and Escogido Win Third Straight
Jan05

Winter Leagues: Marte and Escogido Win Third Straight

From the Dominican League playoffs on Saturday, Starling Marte went 1-for-3 with a walk in his team’s 8-3 win. In Friday’s game, Marte drove in all four runs in a 4-3 win. Escogido has won three straight games without Gregory Polanco. ¬†Their playoff record stands at 5-2 now in the 18 game round robin tournament. All three of the other teams are 3-4 so far. Elvin Ramirez made his first appearance since joining the...

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