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Winter Leagues Notebook: Pirates Have Talented Outfielders in Winter Ball

Winter Leagues Notebook: Pirates Have Talented Outfielders in Winter Ball
John Dreker

The Pittsburgh Pirates have 26 players that have played Winter ball so far this season, along with some players that were in the organization during the 2013 season, who are currently minor league free agents. The best players in this group are the outfielders and there are even more on the way. Gregory Polanco has been tearing up the Dominican League, while the Colombian League has two of the younger talented players in the system  hitting well, Harold Ramirez and Tito Polo. There is also Mel Rojas Jr. in the Dominican, Andrew Lambo and Elvis Escobar playing in the Venezuelan League and Jerry Sands is playing in Puerto Rico.

Gregory Polanco ranks second in the DWL in OPS

This Winter season is one to watch due to the amount of right fielders at the upper levels of the Pirates' system...

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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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