Winter Leagues: Playoff Preview From Puerto Rico
Jan02

Winter Leagues: Playoff Preview From Puerto Rico

From Australia on Thursday, Danny Arribas was the only Pirates player in action and he went 0-for-4 with a run scored in his team’s 5-4 win. Arribas was the designated hitter. He is batting .172 this season through 25 games and .129 in his last ten games. It’s a more advanced league than Arribas is used to seeing in his young career, but he has batted over .300 in each of his last two seasons. He hit .308 in the Dominican...

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Winter Leagues: Marte Reaches Base Twice, Three Hits For Polo
Dec31

Winter Leagues: Marte Reaches Base Twice, Three Hits For Polo

From the Dominican on Monday night, Escogido won 2-0 to even their record at 2-2 in the playoffs. Gregory Polanco returned to center field after hitting in the designated hitter spot on Sunday. He went 0-for-4, but Starling Marte reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a single and a walk. The starting pitcher was Graham Godfrey, who threw five shutout innings, giving up one hit, one walk and he had four strikeouts. Godfrey is still a...

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Winter Leagues: Navarro Makes Debut, Dominican League Playoff Rosters
Dec24

Winter Leagues: Navarro Makes Debut, Dominican League Playoff Rosters

The big news from Monday in the Winter Leagues centered around the Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect, Gregory Polanco. He took home both the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards from the Dominican Winter League. He received 45 of a possible 67 first place votes for the MVP award and 61 first place votes for the ROY award. The league wrapped up it’s regular season on Sunday and the playoffs will begin on Friday. Four...

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Winter Leagues: Polanco Finishes as Dominican League Leader in OPS
Dec23

Winter Leagues: Polanco Finishes as Dominican League Leader in OPS

The Dominican Winter League wrapped up it’s regular season on Sunday and Gregory Polanco finished with a .331/.428/.494 slash line in 44 games. He had 55 hits, 28 runs scored, 28 RBIs and 28 walks. Polanco hit ten doubles, one triple and five homers, while stealing seven bases in eight tries. He lost the batting title on the last day when Rafael Ynoa went 2-for-3 to move from .326 to .333 to overtake the lead. Ynoa left the game...

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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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