Winter Leagues Recap: Polanco Back in the Starting Lineup

In Winter League action yesterday, Gregory Polanco played for the first time in five days. He batted seventh and played center field, going 1-for-4 at the plate. He is now hitting .217 in 23 AB’s, with one double, one stolen base, no walks and seven strikeouts. His teammate on Leones del Escogido, Starling Marte, did not play yesterday. In other Dominican League action, Anderson Hernandez went 0-for-4, with an RBI. Oscar Tejada...

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Pirates Announce Seven Minor League Signings

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the signing of seven minor league free agents through a team press release. Four of the signings we already knew about, as the official announcement was made on Darren Ford, Jared Goedert, Anderson Hernandez, and Stefan Welch. The Pirates also signed right-handed pitcher Ryan Reid, and re-signed infielder Jeff Larish and left-handed pitcher Kris Johnson. Ford, Goedert, Hernandez, Reid, and Johnson...

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Pirates Re-Sign Anderson Hernandez, Stefan Welch

As Wilbur Miller pointed out today after the Jared Goedert signing, the Pirates have re-signed a few of their players from last year. Baseball America announced some re-signings yesterday, with the key players for the Pirates being Anderson Hernandez and Stefan Welch. Both players were in the organization in 2012. Hernandez had a major league Spring Training invite last year, and spent the season with Indianapolis. Welch split time...

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Prospect Notebook: Cole Reflects on Futures Game, Colla Incorporates Long Toss

Gerrit Cole has always been a starter, so when he was asked to warm up in the bullpen in the first inning of the MLB Futures game on Sunday, it was a little strange for the right-hander. “It was weird,” Cole said. “I think it was weird for everybody. We had 10 starters and I don’t think anybody knew what to do. I was up and down twice. It was just awkward. It’s an exhibition game, you just go out there and really...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/28 — 4 RBI For Gimenez; Bite Eliminated In Australia

Looking in on Pirates’ players and friends in Saturday’s winter league playoff games:   DOMINICAN LEAGUE Leones del Escogido  5,  Aguilas Cibaenas  2 Los Leones again took the lead in this best-of-9 series, with this win over Los Aguilas.  Los Leones now lead 4 games to 3, and need one more win to take the championship.  Los Aguilas were first onto the scoreboard with 2 runs in the top of the 1st.  After a single and...

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