Winter Leagues: Gonzalez Helps His Team To Playoff Victory
Jan13

Winter Leagues: Gonzalez Helps His Team To Playoff Victory

In the Dominican, Gregory Polanco returned to his Escogido team on Sunday, but he wasn’t on the daily roster for yesterday’s game. His team lost 6-5 in ten innings and dropped to 9-5 in the round robin tournament. With four games left, they have two game lead over the second best team, while the other two teams have a 6-8 record. The teams with the two best records move on to the finals. Escogido has off today. In action...

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Winter Leagues: Update On Marte’s Back Injury
Jan12

Winter Leagues: Update On Marte’s Back Injury

In the Dominican League yesterday, there was news on two Pirates players. Gregory Polanco will rejoin his Escogido team today and Starling Marte was shut down by the Pirates due to his back injury. Marte left last Saturday’s game early then missed Sunday’s game and sat out on Monday. His team was off on Tuesday and he returned to the lineup Wednesday, though he left early with the score out of hand. Marte was the...

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Winter Leagues: Pittsburgh Pirates In Panama
Jan11

Winter Leagues: Pittsburgh Pirates In Panama

Starling Marte told the Dominican League site yesterday that he missed two games early this week due to minor back discomfort, contrary to what we heard from some sources covering the team. There was speculation by some that he was taking off as a precaution due to a back injury, but the official word was that he was just resting. Marte said that he decided to take off until the minor discomfort was totally gone. He missed two games...

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2013 GCL Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct29

2013 GCL Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

In previous years, I got to see 1-2 weeks of the GCL players. Most of that time came during the Fall Instructional Leagues, and I didn’t get a further look until Spring Training. This year I saw almost everyone at the level at least once, with only 1-2 exceptions. When combined with the earlier draft signing deadlines, this allowed me to see all of the new draft picks much earlier than I normally would have. On that same note,...

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Who Will Be the Next Breakout Player in West Virginia?
Oct23

Who Will Be the Next Breakout Player in West Virginia?

It’s not supposed to work this systematically when it comes to breakout prospects. You aren’t supposed to see one team having the biggest breakout players every single season. Normally it should be spread out and random. One year the big breakout might be in Altoona. The next it might be in Bradenton. But for the last two years, the biggest breakout players in the system have come in West Virginia. In 2012 it was Gregory...

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