Winter League Recap: Polanco and Marte Have Strong Debuts

Catching up on the winter league action over the last two days, as two of the top young players in the system made their winter league debuts this weekend.

**Gregory Polanco made his debut in the Dominican League. On Saturday he went 2-for-4 with a double. On Sunday he went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.

**Starling Marte made his debut in the Dominican League yesterday, going 4-for-5 with a triple and three RBIs.

**Daniel McCutchen gave up four earned runs on six hits in two innings in a start on Saturday. It was his second start of the year in the Dominican league.

**Anderson Hernandez combined to go 3-for-8 with a walk and a stolen base this weekend.

**Jose Diaz pitched a shutout inning on Saturday, striking out one.

**Jovany Lopez pitched 1.2 shutout innings on Sunday, giving up two hits and striking out four in the Mexican league.

**Brandon Boggs combined to go 2-for-8 with a walk over the weekend.

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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emjayinTN

Polanco is a another CF from the Pirates system who has Marte speed and power only from the left side. 400+ AB’s at Lo A with 26 doubles, 16 HR’s, 85 RBI’s, and 40 SB’s, and he just turned 21 in September. Oh, and he has remarkable recuperative powers.

whiteAngus

I thought Polanco couldnt play. Lost a leg or something.

leadoff

He was severely injured in a training drill, but now thanks to a miracle is okay.

Ian Rothermund

That Marte guy seems legit.

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