Winter Leagues: Polanco Named Hitter of Week in Dominican

In the Dominican from Tuesday night, Gregory Polanco went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. It was the second straight 0-for-4 game for Polanco, who still ranks second in the league in OPS. He did receive some good news yesterday on his team’s day off. Polanco was named the Dominican League’s hitter of the week for last week. He went 7-for-22 with four walks and four RBIs.

Carlos Paulino went 0-for-4, but he did throw out both runners that attempted to steal against him. Paulino was catching a starting pitcher familiar to Pirates fans, Rudy Owens.

Atahualpa Severino pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up no hits and a walk. He has made ten straight scoreless appearances dating back to October 24th. Over that time, he has allowed just two hits in eight total innings. Severino is still a minor league free agent.

In Puerto Rico, Jerry Sands went 1-for-4 with a double. The double was his fourth of the season. He is hitting .271 in 18 games and ranks tenth in the league in OPS, one spot ahead of Ivan De Jesus Jr.

Speaking of De Jesus, he went 1-for-5 with a walk and two strikeouts in his team’s 5-4 win in 12 innings. He is hitting .324 in 20 games and leads the league with 14 runs scored.

The Cardenales de Lara were rained out yesterday, so Andrew Lambo did not play.

John Dreker

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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