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Winter Leagues: Starling Marte Hits His Second Home Run of the Winter

In the Dominican on Sunday, Starling Marte returned to the lineup one day after leaving early due to a hit-by-pitch. Marte was hit in the helmet during the eighth inning of a tie game on Saturday night, then after running the bases, he left for a defensive replacement. On Sunday, Marte was once again hit by a pitch, this time from former Pirate pitcher Radhames Liz. Marte stayed in the game and homered in his next at-bat, his second home run of the winter. He finished the day going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and his first stolen base. Through ten games, he is 6-for-39 with four extra-base hits and a 1:13 BB/SO ratio. Here is video of the homer:


Jung-Ho Kang returned to the lineup after his second game on the bench over the past week. He went 0-for-4 on Sunday, and now has a .114/.198/.186 slash line through 81 plate appearances. He’s last in the league in all three slash line categories and leads the league with 26 strikeouts.

Pablo Reyes went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. He’s batting .210 through 20 games.

Edwin Espinal went 1-for-4 with a single. He has a .333/.411/.444 slash line through 20 games.

In Venezuela, Elvis Escobar went 0-for-5 with a run scored. He is hitting .274/.322/.330 over 27 games.

In Mexico, Carlos Munoz went 0-for-4, leaving him 1-for-16 over his last five games. Munoz has a .271 average through 28 games, with three doubles, a triple, a homer and a 10:9 BB/SO ratio.

In Colombia, we finally have stats. Through seven games, 17-year-old shortstop Francisco Acuna has gone 2-for-17 with a double, three walks and a HBP. That doesn’t include Sunday’s stats when Acuna made his eighth straight start at shortstop to open up the season. He has handled all 27 chances in the field without an error.


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Todd Tomasic

Marte demonstrated one hell of a swing on that pitch. Hope we see that in 2018

IC Bob

I think at this time even if Kong could get into the states we can’t count on him being any help.

michael schalke

I dunno, King would be quite the presence.

john fluharty

Talk about a big strike zone!


Pirates Prospects Off Season Survey 2018

I will post this in the morning updates until I reach the 100 reply limit. I will then post the results.


Robert J

Re Glasnow – He’ll see his potential, but not next year, and not necessarily as a buc. He reminds me a lot of Randy Johnson in that, when the big unit was young, he, too, had no idea where the ball was going. Took him until his 30s to really get a handle on it. See the same potential for Glasnow.

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