A popular question during the Winter League season is "How good are these leagues the Pirates players are competing in?" When a player like Gregory Polanco starts tearing up the league, people question how good the pitchers are that he is facing. It happened last year with Starling Marte when he was picking up Player of the Week awards consistently in the Dominican. So I broke down the competition just so people could see who Marte was playing against. With Polanco at nearly the same stage in his development that Marte was at in 2011, when he hit .328 with an .836 OPS in 30 games in the DWL, it's a good time to break down the pitchers he has faced.
Gregory Polanco is tearing up the Dominican Winter League
Polanco has 64 plate appearances so far this season. He is hitting .358 with five doubles, four homers, 11 walks and a 1.148 OPS in 14 games. He has also reached base at least once in every game his team has played, collecting hits in 13 straight before going 0-for-3 with a wal...
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.