On Monday afternoon, the Dominican Winter League announced that Gregory Polanco won both the Most Valuable Player and the Rookie of the Year awards. Polanco helped his Leones del Escogido team to a 31-19 record, the best in the Dominican Winter League.
Polanco finished with a .331 batting average, losing the batting title on the last day by two points. He led the league with a .922 OPS, the only player in the league with an OPS over the .900 mark. He also led the league with 28 runs scored and 55 base hits. Polanco had ten doubles, one triple, five homers and stole seven bases in eight attempts. He drove in 28 runs and drew 28 walks. Possibly the most impressive part about his season is that he missed games early on with the flu and family issues, then a few weeks later, he missed a week with a stomach virus, so he wasn't at 100% all season.
The regular season is over in the Dominican, but Polanco still hopes his off-season is far from done. Polanco and Starling Marte will begin ...
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.