Winter Leagues: Update on Alen Hanson, More Hitting From Mel Rojas Jr.
Nov16

Winter Leagues: Update on Alen Hanson, More Hitting From Mel Rojas Jr.

We got an update on Alen Hanson’s injured right hand, which isn’t much, but that can be considered good news. Hanson will return to the United States to be reevaluated this week. I was told that there were no setbacks in his progress. Last we heard on October 30th was that Hanson would miss at least three weeks after he was hit on the right hand by a pitch. In the Dominican on Saturday night, Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-3...

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Minor Moves: Shane Carle and Yhonathan Barrios Promoted to Bradenton
Jul10

Minor Moves: Shane Carle and Yhonathan Barrios Promoted to Bradenton

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right-handed pitchers Yhonathan Barrios and Shane Carle to Bradenton. Left-handed pitcher Andy Otamendi has been promoted to West Virginia from Jamestown. Right-handed pitcher Robby Rowland has been transferred to West Virginia from Bradenton. Carle, taken in the tenth round last year, had a 3.72 ERA in 82.1 innings for West Virginia this year, along with a 47:9 K/BB ratio and a 1.81 GO/AO...

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Pirate City Notes: Luis Heredia Hits 95 MPH, Throwing Four Shutout Innings
Mar22

Pirate City Notes: Luis Heredia Hits 95 MPH, Throwing Four Shutout Innings

Charlie Morton threw seven innings and 97 pitches at Pirate City today against the High-A Yankees team. I didn’t follow Morton’s start much, since he didn’t have much trouble with the competition, and was mostly focused on getting up to 100 pitches. The Pirates had some interesting guys to follow at Pirate City today, as both A-ball teams were here, and the short-season team had a game. Here are the highlights from...

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Winter Leagues: Starling Marte Done With Winter Ball
Jan20

Winter Leagues: Starling Marte Done With Winter Ball

It was announced yesterday by a few sources that Starling Marte is done with Winter ball this season. His Escogido team, along with teammate Gregory Polanco, will begin the Dominican League finals tonight against Licey. The winner of this best-of-nine series will go on to the Caribbean League World Series against the best Winter League teams from Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Marte had a rough Winter season. It started late as he...

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Winter Leagues: Ramirez and Polo Lead Tigres to First Place Finish
Jan10

Winter Leagues: Ramirez and Polo Lead Tigres to First Place Finish

From the Dominican League playoffs on Thursday night, Starling Marte went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts in his team’s 3-2 win. He was the designated hitter. Marte went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI on Wednesday, after missing his previous two games. He is batting .276 with six RBIs in nine playoff games. Gregory Polanco will return to play on Sunday. Their team is 8-3 in the 18 game playoffs. None of the other three...

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