Alen Hanson ranked eighth overall among shortstop prospects

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.

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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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  • johnrussellskinner

    Sign Chavez, and #FreeLambo!

    • Marty

      No. When will people start to realize Lambo is not the answer. He’ll never do more than a .220 average, struggle to have an OBP of .300, K at a 30% rate, and have little power in the Majors. If he’s the 1B next year, this team is in trouble.

      • johnrussellskinner

        Chavez is the key here, not Lambo. Lambo is basically obamacare for Chavez.

  • Y2JGQ2

    Ramirez is too good for that league- is there any possiblility that this combined with his strong 2013 performance could have him a little more aggressively pushed than originally thought?

    • John Dreker

      Going by what they have done in the past, I think you will see Harold Ramirez spend the entire year at WV and then during the 2015 season, he could get the aggressive push to AA mid-season. He will play the entire year as a 19-year-old, they like guys getting used to playing a full season for the first time, unless it’s an older player. Hanson and Polanco could have moved up in their breakout year, but they feel it’s better to leave them at the same level for a full season

      • SteveW

        Did you mean play the whole 2014 year at West Virginia? Then a half year at Bradenton and a half year at Altoona in 2015.

        • John Dreker

          Yes, just corrected that, thanks. Basically the same path as all the young players like Hanson, Polanco, Kingham, Taillon…and possibly Bell could do that this year if he looks good. That is getting ahead of ourselves though, first Ramirez has to do good in Low-A, but he should and then that would be his projections

    • Pie Rat
      • John Dreker

        Yes, but he hasn’t played full season ball yet, this will be his first year and he is still young, so he will likely spend the entire year at WV. Had that wrong above, but fixed it

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