Winter Leagues: Big Games From Lambo and Polanco

In the Dominican on Wednesday night, Alen Hanson got his first start of the Winter. He played two games off the bench prior to his team’s 6-3 loss last night. Hanson went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base. He handled both chances in the field cleanly.

Alen Hanson got his first start in Winter ball

Alen Hanson got his first start in Winter ball

Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, two walks, a double, a stolen base and a run scored. He is hitting .323 with 24 runs scored, 25 walks and 25 RBIs in 35 games.

Carlos Paulino came into the game as a defensive replacement in the top of the seventh inning and singled in his only at-bat.

In Venezuela, Andrew Lambo went 3-for-5 with a run scored and RBI. He started in right field, but moved to first base in the eighth inning. Lambo turned a 3-6-3 double play in the eighth. In his last eight games, he is 10-for-30 at the plate with nine RBIs.

When Lambo moved to first base in the eighth, Elvis Escobar went into right field on defense. It was the seventh game for the 19-year-old Escobar, all off the bench. He did not get an at-bat.

Junior Sosa went 1-for-1 with a walk and sacrifice bunt. He is 9-for-26 at the plate in ten games.

Elias Diaz went  0-for-1 with a walk, before being pinch hit for in the sixth inning. He is batting .313 through 14 games.

In Puerto Rico, Benji Gonzalez went 2-for-5 with a double and run scored in his team’s 4-1 win. His double play partner, Ivan De Jesus Jr., went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two walks. Gonzalez is hitting .389 through his first seven games.

In Colombia from Tuesday night, Harold Ramirez went 2-for-5 to raise his average to .360 through 20 games. He has a .950 OPS. Tito Polo came in late as a pinch-runner and scored a run.

Edinson Volquez, who was signed by the Pirates yesterday, is on the roster of the Toros del Este of the Dominican League. He has not pitched yet this Winter.

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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