Winter Leagues: Gregory Polanco Reaches Lucky Thirteen

In the Dominican League on Saturday night, Gregory Polanco had a sixth inning single to extend his season-long hit streak to 13 games. Polanco finished the game 1-for-3, scored a run and also drew two walks. He has seven walks in his last three games. Polanco is hitting .380 in 50 AB’s with 13 runs scored and 13 RBI’s.

Danny Arribas moved from catcher to first base for today's game

Danny Arribas moved from catcher to first base for today’s game

In Puerto Rico, Ivan De Jesus Jr went 3-for-3 with a double and a walk. He went 1-for-3 with two walks in his season debut on Friday.

The opposing starting pitcher for De Jesus was Dan Cevette, who signed with the Pirates as a minor league free agent during the middle of the 2013 season. He went five strong innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks in five innings. Cevette had two strikeouts.

In Venezuela, Jhondaniel Medina faced two batters, walking the first and retiring the second. He came on in the eighth inning with two outs and no one on base. In six appearances, he has pitched a total of five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks.

Jhonathan Ramos pitched a perfect eighth in the Bravos de Margarita win. In nine appearances, he has pitched a total of six innings, allowing four runs on five hits and no walks.

In Australia, Danny Arribas went 0-for-3 with two walks and a run scored. After catching his first two games, Arribas was in at first base on Sunday. He went 1-for-10 with three walks and three runs scored during the first weekend.

In Mexico, Ali Solis went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Solis missed most of this season with a back injury, so now that is playing everyday, he is quickly closing in on his AB total from the regular season. He is hitting .319 in 47 AB’s.

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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  • leadoff

    Ivan De Jesus Jr is a player that I have liked for a while, I don’t understand why the Pirates have him as basically an organizational player.

    • John Dreker

      Can’t explain that one either, though it says something about their depth when they can have some pure hitters like Matt Hague and Ivan De Jesus spend the entire season in AAA and both put up good numbers

  • Marty

    I fall more and more in love with Polanco everyday. DeJesus is a guy I’d love to see on the team as a utility infielder next year.

    • blackmax

      Polanco seems to be mighty loveable right now. As soon as the power shows up, I might go all in.

  • SteveW

    John, do you know what Polanco’s OBP is? It must be really good with all the recent walks.

    • John Dreker

      His OBP is .483 and he is slugging .720

      • SteveW

        Thanks. Not too shabby.

  • piratemike

    I’m not in anyway saying that I know more about how to view talent than the Pirates organization but I get the feeling that unless a prospect player comes with some sort of hype the Pirates seem to de-value that player instead of embracing him.
    When the Cards bring up a young player he gets hailed as a future star and people” pizz” all over themselves saying what a great organization they have but the Pirates have to go out and sign worn out veterans because they don’t trust what they see and would rather have a “name ” than one of their own.
    What is the good of having what some “experts” view as the #1 farm system if they only want to play their top picks and everybody else is viewed with a jaundiced eye.
    I’ll bet a lot of teams would love to have Mercer but to Pirate nation he is viewed as somebody they have to put up with until the next Ozzie Smith comes along. Oh by the way Ozzie never played for the Bucs so I guess it will be a long wait.
    I could name all the free agents out there for Right field and 1b and they all have ? marks but that is all right they have “name value” and everybody would rather have some broken down vet than trust the players that have done well in the minors. Everybody lauds the Pirates for bringing jn Morneau but except for one catch and throw didn’t do diddilly for the Bucs.
    Unless the Pirates see these prospects as totally useless give them a chance rather than give up millions and draft picks and prospects
    for players who have huge question marks just because they have a familiar name.

    • MattInMD

      Ozzie? He was okay, but we’re waiting for another Honus Wagner! ;-)

      Just razzin’ you a bit. I get what you mean somewhat; OTOH, there still seems to be a portion of the fan base which thinks the Pirates’ ownership (who ever it is) should compete with the Yankees, Dodgers, and Red Sox for free agents.

  • piraddict

    I like DeJesus’ bat, but can he play multiple positions other than second base? I seem to recall a significant numbers of errors given his time on the field as well. What is his reputation for defensive prowess?

    Also, does anyone know why Dickerson is spending so much time in the outfield relative to very little time at 1B?

    • John Dreker

      De Jesus can play third base and shortstop as a backup. He isn’t someone you would want starting everyday at either position, but he can play them well enough in a pinch. For the Dickerson question, the answer I’ve heard is he is playing both corner outfield spots for versatility. They know he can play first base, but I don’t think they see him as anything more than a backup who will need to be able to play multiple positions