Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Hague, Polanco Continues Streak

In the Dominican Winter League on Friday night, Gregory Polanco extended his hitting streak to 12 games with an eighth inning single off Manny Delcarmen. Earlier in the game, Polanco drew two walks. He finished the game 1-for-2 with two walks. In his previous game, Polanco reached base five times.

De Jesus reached base three times in his debut

De Jesus reached base three times in his debut

Atahualpa Severino faced three batters on Friday, striking out one and issuing two walks. Severino was replaced with one out in the inning and neither walk came around to score. One of the batters he faced was Gregory Polanco, pitching against him for the third game this season. Severino has walked him once, allowed a homer and picked up a strikeout.

Matt Hague had a three hit game on Friday, driving in two runs with a double and two singles. He is hitting .355 in 31 AB’s, collecting hits in seven of his eight games.

In Puerto Rico, Ivan De Jesus Jr went 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored on Opening Day. Last year, he won the PWL batting title. On the opposing side, Jerry Sands had a rough start to his Winter, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

In Australia, Danny Arribas caught game two of a doubleheader today and went 1-for-4 with a single, walk and two runs scored. He went 0-for-3 in the season opener on Friday.

In Mexico, Ali Solis went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. He is now hitting .302 with seven RBI’s.

In the Veracruz League, Carlos Esqueda went 1-for-2 with a double and HBP. After starting off 0-for-15, Esqueda has hits in three of his last four games.

On Thursday, we mentioned that Felix Pie was added to the Dominican League roster of Estrellas de Oriente. Well, on Friday, he was dropped from the Pirates 40-man roster and became a free agent.

John Dreker

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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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  • piratemike

    I wonder if Hague will ever get another chance as a Pirate? It doesn’t seem like he will ever hit for power but if he can transfer his avg. to the ML a .300 hitter without power he must have some use.
    IF Bautista could go from 16 hr to 50 maybe Hague can get to 12-15.
    I’m sure sabremetric people know a lot more about why he won’t.

    • John Dreker

      I think he’s a good player to have around in AAA in case of injuries, but probably will never get an extended chance in Pittsburgh. He is someone you wouldn’t mind on the bench and occasionally starting, but he isn’t an option to start regularly. He may see this off-season as a chance to make the 2014 roster with question marks at first base right now. One thing with him though, he won’t be around the entire Winter League season. Hague will be hosting a batting clinic in Indianapolis in December and January, so he will only be in the Dominican another month or so.

      • piratemike

        Yeah, I guess if they won’t give a guy who hit well with power ( Lambo ) a chance why should Hague be treated differently?
        They go around scraping the bottom of the barrel, giving up millions and prospects for over the hill “name” players but won’t give their own a chance.

  • leadoff

    Ivan De Jesus Jr and Hague would be better off if they both got traded. Most minor league teams have players like these two in their systems, once they get a label, their pretty much done. I have always said that the label is the kiss of death for a player.
    IMO, a minor league player only has two chances, one he comes up and sets the world on fire or two, he is a high draft pick and he gets a year or two to make it or flame out.