Winter League Recap: Double For Polanco, Tejeda Homers and Triples

From the Dominican on Sunday, Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in his team’s 5-3 loss. Through three games, he is hitting .364 with two homers, five RBI’s and three outfield assists. In that same game, relief pitcher Atahualpa Severino was on the opposing side and he allowed one run in 2/3 of an inning. He struck out two batters and allowed two hits, one of which was a solo home run.

Tejeda had three hits last night, including his first home run

Tejeda had three hits last night, including his first home run

Oscar Tejeda had a big day at the plate for Gigantes del Cibao, but his team still lost 7-4 in 11 innings. Tejeda went 3-for-5, falling a double short of the cycle. He drove in three runs and stole a base. He has been in left field for all three of his team’s games. His teammate in the Dominican was also his teammate for most of the regular season with Altoona. Carlos Paulino got into his first game for Cibao, coming off the bench to catch in the top of the ninth. He was hitless in one AB.

Matt Hague went 1-for-5 with a single on Sunday. He is 4-for-12 on the year with a home run and one RBI.

In Mexico, Ali Solis went 0-for-2 before being pinch hit for in the seventh inning. He threw out the only runner attempting to steal on him in the game. Solis is 4-for-20 at the plate this season.

None of the Pirates players in the Venezuelan League got into action on Sunday despite all eight teams playing.

The Veracruz League has started in Mexico. Through three days, no Pirates players have appeared in a game and rosters have no yet been posted so it is unknown at this time whether any Pirates players are in the league.

John Dreker

Author: 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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  • buster09

    OMG John ! If Polanco is going to regress,maybe trade him for Price. ( see sarcasm font )

    • John Dreker

      I’m hoping he has a couple slow days here and there so he isn’t the only one in the headlines of each Winter League article! Last year Marte went on a tear and it seemed like everyday he was the lead story. Of course, if Polanco puts up the same stats Marte was last year in Winter ball, then that will get people talking about him making the Pirates out of Spring Training, which is highly unlikely.