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 Starling Marte, who has been starting in center field for Leones.
In other action in the Dominican, Anderson Hernandez went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. He is now hitting .268 with seven doubles. Oscar Tejeda got his first start of the DWL season, going 0-for-4 while playing left field.
In Venezuela, Ramon Cabrera went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk. He had some trouble in the field, making a throwing error and allowing a passed ball, while failing to throw out the only runner attempting a stolen base against him. Darren Ford went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, two strikeouts and an RBI.
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.