Mel Rojas has improved his walk rate, and is starting to show his power potential in games.

Winter Leagues: Polanco Picks Up Another Hit, Rojas Makes Debut

In the Dominican, Gregory Polanco extended his hitting streak to eight games on Sunday with a double in five AB’s. Despite the hitting streak, he has gone 3-for-13 in his last three games with five strikeouts. He is hitting .394 in 33 AB’s, just two less AB’s than he had all of last Winter in the Dominican.

Mel Rojas made his Winter debut last night

Mel Rojas made his Winter debut last night

Carlos Paulino went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts on Sunday. He was making his fourth start and he is currently 3-for-15 at the plate. Opponents were successful on all four stolen base attempts against Paulino last night.

Mel Rojas Jr. was activated by Estrellas de Oriente and lined out in a pinch hit AB in the ninth inning. In 120 games with Altoona this year, he hit .271 with a .742 OPS

In Venezuela, Jhonathan Ramos retired the only batter he faced on Sunday. He came into the game with two outs in the bottom of the eighth and his team was up by two runs. With a man on first, the southpaw faced Dodgers prospect Joc Pederson, who homered earlier in the game. Ramos struck out the lefty and his team would go on to win 5-4.

Pirates Players In Upcoming Leagues

The Australian Baseball League begins play on Thursday. Sam Kennelly and Danny Arribas have been announced, while other Pirates players should be added shortly.

The Puerto Rican Winter League begins play on Friday. Ivan De Jesus Jr and Benji Gonzalez both have roster spots.

The Colombian Winter League begins play next Friday. So far, Harold Ramirez and Tito Polo are confirmed.

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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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  • CalipariFan506

    I think Rojas is a breakout candidate in 2014.

    • John Dreker

      I’ve been waiting for him to breakout since 2011, but he seems to do just enough to get promoted to the next level. That might not happen next season, he could be back in Altoona. He has all the tools to be a solid player, just doesn’t have the day-to-day consistency. You see glimpses of a potential major league regular, followed by a guy that looks like he will top out at AAA. It will be interesting to see how much playing time he gets in the Dominican because they will play guys solely based on talent and helping the team, no player development involved there. If he is getting regular time, then that is a good sign

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