Starling Marte Boosted His Stock in Winter Ball

Ben Badler of Baseball America has a list of ten players who boosted their stock in Winter Ball this year. Coming in at number eight on the list was Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte. Marte hit for a .304/.381/.464 line in 112 at-bats in the Dominican Winter League, then hit for a .422/.481/.756 line with four homers in the postseason. Badler noted that Marte has the speed and arm strength to play center field, but...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Two Homers For Welch

In Australian Baseball League action from today, Stefan Welch belted two home runs, leading Adelaide to a 4-3 victory during the last week of the ABL regular season. Welch homered to lead off the bottom of the second inning, giving Adelaide an early 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the eighth inning, he came up with the score tied 2-2 and Quincy Latimore on first base. Welch hit the second pitch for a two-run homer, giving his team a lead...

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First Pitch: Where Will All of the 1B/OF Options Fit?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have added a lot of 1B/OF options for their major league squad in the last year. They traded for Travis Snider and Gaby Sanchez at the trade deadline. They acquired Clint Robinson in a minor trade with Kansas City. Starling Marte made the jump to the majors in the second half of the 2012 season. They got Jerry Sands in the Joel Hanrahan trade. They signed minor league free agents like Felix Pie, Brad Hawpe, and...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Johnson Brings Home Title, Marte Wins MVP

In playoff action from the Dominican tonight, Kris Johnson once again pitched his team to a huge victory, throwing six shutout innings last night, as Escogido swept Aguilas Cibaenas in the DWL championship series. Last week, Johnson pitched the clinching game of the round-robin series that got his team to the finals and almost four weeks ago, he also won the game that sent his team to the playoffs. Tonight, he allowed four hits on the...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Who Is Marte Hitting Against?

In playoff action out of the Dominican from last night, Starling Marte helped his team get within one game of winning the league title. He contributed two hits, a walk, a stolen base and an RBI in Escogido’s 3-2 victory in 11 innings. The win moves their record to 4-0 in the best-of-nine tournament, with the possible last game taking place tonight. During the off-season, a big question has been about the quality of pitching that...

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