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In Winter League action yesterday, Starling Marte went 0-for-2 with two walks, pushing his off-season walk total to seven in just 11 games. He has a .333/.429/.571 line in 42 AB’s, with two homers and two stolen bases. He is playing for Leones del Escogido of the Dominican League.
In other Dominican League action, Anderson Hernandez went 1-for-5 with a run scored. He has a .288 average and .762 OPS in 66 AB’s. Andy Vasquez went 0-for-1 playing in just his fifth game, all off the bench. He is 0-for-3 on the season.
Darren Ford went 1-for-6 with two strikeouts in the leadoff spot for Leones del Caracas of the Venezuelan League. In 92 AB’s, he has a .261/.352/.326 line. Catcher Ramon Cabrera is also with that team, though he did not play yesterday.
Shortstop Benji Gonzalez made his Winter League debut yesterday playing for Leones de Ponce of the Puerto Rico Baseball League, which was renamed this off-season in honor of Pirates’ great, Roberto Clemente. Gonzalez walked in his only plate appearance.
In the Australian Baseball League, Dylan Child made his third start of the season yesterday, going 1-for-4 with a strikeout for the Adelaide Bite. In the Adelaide game played today, first baseman Justin Howard went 1-for-4 with a double, his first extra base hit in 19 AB’s. Third baseman Stefan Welch went 0-for-3, extending his hitless off-season to seven AB’s. The game was started by Zac Fuesser, who pitched brilliantly picking up his first win. He threw six shutout innings, allowing four singles and a walk, while striking out five batters. Zac threw 59 of his 84 pitches for strikes. It was a stark contrast to his only other start, when he allowed seven runs over three innings of work.
Ali Solis, playing in the Mexican League, went 1-for-2 with a walk. He is hitting .204 with a .512 OPS in 54 AB’s.
Top prospect Alen Hanson has appeared in only four games since October 14th, picking up just two plate appearances all season. Gregory Polanco has not played the last four days. He is hitting .211 with a .474 OPS in 19 AB’s. Kyle McPherson has not pitched since his October 16th debut in which he allowed six runs over three innings of work.
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Indianapolis was one of the most successful teams in the Pirates’ system this year, fueled by Starling Marte and a strong pitching staff. By the time the playoffs came around, all of the players who got them to the post-season had been promoted to the majors, which resulted in a first round loss. Here are the results from the individual players, as well as the top ten prospects...
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.
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