Yesterday, Jake Oswalt posted an article about the tools displayed by Gregory Polanco. Hours later, on Opening Night in the Dominican Winter League, Polanco put on a show with those tools. In his team's 4-1 victory, he hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning, added a single and a walk, plus threw out two runners at home plate. The home run had a couple Pirates from this season involved. It was given up by Atahualpa Severino, who spent most of this season with Indianapolis. The runners that were on base already, were put on by Jose Contreras, who spent half of his season playing at four different levels in the Pirates organization.
Polanco was the star on Opening Day in the Dominican
On Friday, we listed the Pirates players on the early rosters released for the Dominican. Two other names were added besides Atahualpa Severino. The Gigantes del Cibao also have catcher Carlos Paulino and outfielder Oscar Tejeda.
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.