Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Gonzalez
Dec27

Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Gonzalez

In Puerto Rico from Thursday night, Benji Gonzalez had a big night in his team’s 8-1 win. He went 3-for-5 with three singles, two runs scored and two RBIs. Gonzalez came into the game with just one RBI in his first 16 games. He is now hitting .308, though he has drawn just one walk. He has a .763 OPS and has not made an error all season. From Friday in Australia, Sam Kennelly was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in action. He...

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First Pitch: Pirates Could Soon Have the Best Outfield in Baseball
Dec24

First Pitch: Pirates Could Soon Have the Best Outfield in Baseball

The Pittsburgh Pirates have an MVP center fielder. They also have a center fielder who is a playmaker, and uses his center field skills to be one of the best defensive left-fielders in the game. In the wings they have a third center fielder who has the potential to be just as good as the MVP, and who could arrive by mid-season 2014. Most teams would kill for just one good center fielder. The Pirates will most likely have three of them...

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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: Two Hits For Polanco, Marte Injury Update
Dec21

Winter Leagues: Two Hits For Polanco, Marte Injury Update

In the Dominican from Friday night, Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base. He came into the game leading the Dominican League in batting average, OPS and runs scored. The regular season has just two days left and Polanco’s team has only one game left. Starling Marte did not play on Friday, one day after being removed from the game on Thursday night when he got hit by a pitch during his first plate...

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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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