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In Winter League action yesterday, Starling Marte went 0-for-2 before leaving the game for a defensive replacement during the top of the sixth inning. The score at the time was 1-1 and Marte had previously struck out in the fourth inning, then played CF in the fifth without a play in the field.
In other action in the Dominican, Anderson Hernandez went 1-for-5, while Oscar Tejada had a pinch-hit single in his only AB, before he finished the game at first base. Hernandez is hitting .260 with a .697 OPS in 73 AB’s.
In Venezuela, Elevys Gonzalez had a ninth inning pinch-hit single in his only plate appearance. It was just his second AB of the VWL season, and his third game played. Darren Ford broke out of a slump with a big day at the plate. He went 4-for-5, with a double and two stolen bases. He was 2-for-13, with five strikeouts in his previous three games.
In the Mexican League, Jovany Lopez retired the only hitter he faced, throwing three pitches before retiring the batter with a pop out to the catcher. Catcher Ali Solis went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and a walk. He was picked off first base, but also picked off a runner himself and threw out the only attempted base stealer. Ali is hitting .186 in 18 games, with a .482 OPS.
The Australian Baseball League is off until November 22nd.
It was announced that Nate Baker(link is in Spanish) will join Caribes de Anzoategui of the Venezuelan League. The team already had three Pirates players from the DSL on their roster, as well as Jose Tabata, who will likely join the team at a later date. None of the DSL players, pitchers Jesus Paredes and Carlos Ruiz and catcher Carlos Marquez, have played yet.
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Gregory Polanco is the Pirates Prospects 2012 Minor League Player of the Year.
Last year there was a pretty close race between two players in the system for our 2011 Minor League Player of the Year. Starling Marte and Robbie Grossman both had similar results, and the edge went to Marte as he played at a higher level. This year there was another close race, only the two players played...
In Arizona Fall League action today, Scottsdale won 13-6, with Adalberto Santos leading the way among Pirates players with three RBI’s.
Two Pirates players were in the starting lineup. Matt Curry batted cleanup and played first base. He went 3-for-5 with three singles, two runs scored and a stolen base.
Santos started in left field and hit sixth. He hit an RBI single in the first...
In Dominican League action yesterday, Gregory Polanco got the start in center field, batting seventh for Leones del Escogido. He went 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout, while also being thrown out at second on a stolen base attempt. He has a .222/.222/.296 line in 27 AB’s, with no walks and eight strikeouts. Polanco got just his second start in the last nine days, replacing...
Earlier today, Brandon McCarthy had the following tweet to Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan.
@hanrahan52 in Pitt and just mentioned to a cop that I knew you and now the mayor’s here giving me the key to the city?!?
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) November 14, 2012
McCarthy mentioning that he was in Pittsburgh sparked the instant speculation that he might be on the Pirates’...
Jeff Locke is the Pirates Prospects 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
In previous years it wasn’t difficult to pick the Pitcher of the Year in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system. Kyle McPherson was clearly the winner last year, posting a 2.96 ERA and a 142:27 K/BB ratio in 161 innings. Rudy Owens ran away with it in 2010, posting a 2.46 ERA in 150 innings at the...
In the final installment of this series, we’ll take a look at some of the relievers that may be available for the Pirates this offseason.
This piece of the series is the hardest to forecast, as the sheer number of relievers on the various fronts of the market coupled with the inherently volatile nature of relievers, makes it difficult to pair a player with a team.
In Arizona Fall League action tonight, Scottsdale won 8-2 over Mesa. Despite the win, Scottsdale was already eliminated from the playoff race earlier in the day when first place Salt River won their game.
Adalberto Santos was the only Pirates player in the starting lineup tonight. He batted sixth and played second base. Santos went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and two runs scored...
I have a little mental tic where every time any big trade goes down involving any baseball team, I ask myself what it would take for the Pirates to complete the trade themselves. This was born, I think, during the Dave Littlefield era when the Pirates would only rarely target players I thought they should be interested in. I'd see players that I wanted the Pirates to acquire...
In Arizona Fall League action today, Scottsdale lost 3-2 against Peoria.
The only Pirates player in the starting lineup today was Gift Ngoepe. He batted ninth and played shortstop. Ngoepe went 1-for-3 with a double, walk, stolen base and a strikeout. He came to the plate in the top of the ninth inning with his team down by one, a man on first and one out. Ngoepe battled through a...
In Winter League action yesterday, Benji Gonzalez made his first start for Leones de Ponce, batting ninth and playing shortstop. He went 1-for-4, with a stolen base, a run scored and he turned two double plays.
In Dominican League action, Oscar Tejada went 0-for-1 with a strikeout, while Anderson Hernandez went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. Neither Starling Marte, nor Gregory...