Winter Leagues: Andrew Lambo Makes Winter Debut

In the Dominican on Tuesday night, Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 with an RBI in his team’s 3-2 win. He is now hitting .326, with 22 RBIs ┬áin 89 at-bats. Polanco has been on base in 23 of his 24 games this season. He also picked up an outfield assist.

Also for Escogido, Starling Marte has received permission from the Pirates to player Winter ball. He will play alongside Polanco in the Leones outfield. Marte will likely join the team late next week.

Oscar Tejeda went 1-for-4 with two RBIs. He is hitting .286 in 42 RBI’s.

In Venezuela, Andrew Lambo made his Winter debut with the Cardenales de Lara team. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in his team’s 5-4 win.

In Puerto Rico, Jerry Sands went 1-for-2 with a single, walk and strikeout. Sands was also thrown out stealing. He was pinch-hit for in the ninth inning with the game out of hand.

Ivan De Jesus Jr went 2-for-3 with a walk, run scored and RBI. He is hitting .340 in 47 at-bats, with 11 walks and an .848 OPS.

In Mexico, Ali Solis went 0-for-4, dropping his average just under the .300 mark. He is 26-for-87 in 28 games, with five doubles, four homers and 11 RBIs.

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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  • Monkshot

    I would like to see De Jesus get a chance this year. He has done nothing but hit since he’s been in the system. From what I understand he’s a defensive liability but I would still like to see what he can do in the majors.

    • John Dreker

      Right now, he is a minor league free agent, so he could be trying to find a place that he feels works better for him before he or the Pirates decide to bring him back. He can definitely hit, so at worst, he seems like a decent bench option that can play three infield positions, even if his defense isn’t the best.

    • stickyweb

      100% agree Monk. Could he be any worse than JHay, Inge or McDonald? I know McDonald was here for his defense, but why do you need that when the starter at SS was only here for his defense? It’s a little different this season with Jordy as the starter, but who doesn’t like a middle IF that can hit a ton?

  • Travis Gysegem

    It would be great to be able to watch Polanco and Marte in the roam outfield together early but I doubt any of the games are taped for public viewing.