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The Pirates have designated Jerry Sands for assignment. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Winter Leagues: Two Hits For Polanco, Three For Sands

In the Dominican on Saturday night, Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 with a double, walk and run scored in his team’s 3-2 victory. He had hits in his first 13 games, before failing to get a hit in two straight games. Polanco has reached base in all 16 games this season, collecting 21 hits and 13 walks. He is hitting .350 with 14 runs scored and 14 RBI’s in 60 AB’s.

Tito Polo had two hits and an RBI on Opening Day in Colombia

Tito Polo had two hits and an RBI on Opening Day in Colombia

Carlos Paulino went 0-for-4 with a run scored in his team’s 10-1 win. Paulino was catching former Pirates farmhand Rudy Owens, who started the game and threw six shutout innings.

In Puerto Rico, Ivan De Jesus Jr went 2-for-4 with a double. He is 6-for-13 with four walks in four games.

Jerry Sands went 3-for-4 with a walk. He was 2-for-11 with six strikeouts coming into the game.

In Colombian League action from Opening Day on Friday night, Tito Polo went 2-for-5 with a triple, RBI and run scored. Harold Ramirez went 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. Unfortunately, some of that damage came off Oderman Rocha, who took the loss. He gave up one run on two hits and a walk in 1.1 innings.

On Saturday, Harold Ramirez went 2-for-4 with two singles and a stolen base. Polo went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Yhonathan Barrios pitched the ninth inning and retired the side in order, striking out two batters. He switched over to pitching mid-season this year and did well in ten appearances in the GCL, allowing one run in 11 innings, while striking out ten batters. In the Fall Instructional League last month, he hit 99 MPH.

In Australia from Sunday, Danny Arribas went 1-for-3 with a walk, run scored and stolen base. After two weekends of the ABL season, he is 2-for-21 with four walks and he has split his six games evenly between first base and catcher.

In Mexico, Ali Solis went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts before being pinch hit for in the eighth inning. At the time of his departure, his team was down 13-1.

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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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