Winter Leagues: Two RBIs For Polanco, Home Run For Sands

In the Dominican on Wednesday night, Gregory Polanco went 2-for-3 with two singles, two RBIs and a walk in his team’s 4-3 win. He also stole his second base of the season. In 70 ABs over 19 games, he has a .343/.459/.600 slash line, with 15 walks, 17 RBIs and 19 strikeouts.

Elvis Escobar made his Winter debut Wednesday night

Elvis Escobar made his Winter debut Wednesday night

Oscar Tejeda pinch-hit in the ninth inning against Polanco’s team and reached on an error. He is now 8-for-31 on the season in nine games.

Matt Hague went 2-for-4 with his third double of the season. He is now hitting .296 in 54 ABs with five extra base hits.

Atahualpa Severino retired all three batters he faced in the eighth inning of his team’s 3-2 loss. Severino got three straight ground balls, including one to shortstop from Matt Hague, his teammate from Indianapolis this season.

In Venezuela, Elvis Escobar made his season debut as a pinch-runner in the seventh inning. He stayed in the game as the DH and went 0-for-1 with a strikeout. It is impressive that Escobar is playing in the VWL, which is mostly made up of players in AA or above, with many veterans mixed in that are 10+ years older than Escobar, who recently turned 19 years old. He held his own this season in the NYPL and is a potential breakout candidate in 2014 with West Virginia. Escobar may not see playing time for long, as Andrew Lambo is set to join his team in a couple days.

Elias Diaz went 0-for-1 after coming in as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning. He is 2-for-17 in seven games this season.

David Bromberg had his worst start of the season tonight. He recorded just one out before being knocked out of the game. Bromberg allowed four runs on three hits and a walk. He gave up two home runs, which were back-to-back shots. He has a 4.13 ERA in 24 innings over six starts.

Jose Osuna got into the game last night, but was used only as a pinch runner. Osuna was making his eighth appearance this year. He is 3-for-7 at the plate.

In Puerto Rico, Jerry Sands hit his first homer of the Winter season. He went 1-for-2 with three walks. He is hitting .300 with four walks in six games.

Ivan De Jesus Jr. went 0-for-6 and made an error in his team’s 6-5 loss in 13 innings. He was batting .435 coming into the game.

In Mexico, Ali Solis went 2-for-3 with a double and walk. He is hitting .338 through 22 games.

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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