Gregory Polanco played center field on Friday night

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.

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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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  • JRIcentral

    John: In case you’re interested, here’s a link about theO’s looking to sign DeJesus:

    It’s too bad DeJesus can’t be a capable SS, as he seemed a good candidate for back-up!

    • John Dreker

      Thanks for the link. He has been playing only second base in PR so far and from what I’ve heard, his defense at shortstop just can’t cut it long term. He can play there as a fill in once in awhile, but you wouldn’t want to run him out there everyday. He can also play third base in a pinch, so he would be good on a team that has both of those positions covered and he only has to go there 5-10 times during the entire season.

      • jg941

        Hmmmm…….a very good RH-hitting utility infielder who could platoon at 2B or 3B against lefties.

        I wonder what team could use someone like that?

        • JRIcentral

          If you go by DeJesus Minor League #s, Harrison was very impressive last yea at AAA
          And with the Pirates had a .981 OPS against Lefties!

          • JRIcentral

            I’d rather have Harrison…
            Now if DeJesus had the D for SS, then things would be different.

      • Y2JGQ2

        Which is funny considering that’s EXACTLY what we’d need him for: Helping out Walker and Pedro against lefties…..

        • JRIcentral

          We already have Harrison doing that! Quite effectively against Lefties.

          We cannot carry 2 back-up IFs that don’t play SS!

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