Winter Leagues Recap: Polanco Back in the Starting Lineup

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.

In other Dominican League action, Anderson Hernandez went 0-for-4, with an RBI. Oscar Tejada went 1-for-1 with an RBI double. It was his first game in three weeks.

In the Venezuelan League, Darren Ford went 0-for-3 in the leadoff spot. He is hitting .253 in 95 AB’s, the highest AB total among all Pirates players participating in Winter/Fall Leagues.

In Mexican League ball, Ali Solis went 0-for-3, dropping his average down to .193 in 57 AB’s.

Finally, in the Australian League, four Pirates players got into the game today for the Adelaide Bite, three of them in the starting lineup.  Justin Howard batted cleanup and played first base. He went 1-for-4 with a strikeouts, raising his average to .130 after 23 AB’s. Stefan Welch had the best day, going 2-for-4, with two doubles. Playing in just his third game in the ABL, those doubles represented his first two hits of the season. Dylan Child batted eighth and was the catcher. He went 0-for-4.

Rinku Singh came in during the seventh inning and allowed two hits, but got out of the inning without allowing a run. He threw 20 pitches, 13 for strikes, retiring the side on a groundout and two fly balls. It was only the second appearance for Singh, who hit the only two batters he faced in his first outing eight days ago.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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