Winter Leagues: Marte Reaches Base Twice, Three Hits For Polo

From the Dominican on Monday night, Escogido won 2-0 to even their record at 2-2 in the playoffs. Gregory Polanco returned to center field after hitting in the designated hitter spot on Sunday. He went 0-for-4, but Starling Marte reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a single and a walk. The starting pitcher was Graham Godfrey, who threw five shutout innings, giving up one hit, one walk and he had four strikeouts. Godfrey is still a free agent.

Tito Polo had three hits Sunday

Tito Polo had three hits Sunday

Atahualpa Severino gave up a run in his first playoff appearance. During the Winter league regular season, he ended the year with 14 straight scoreless outings. The run on Monday scored after Severino left in the sixth inning. He recorded one out and walked one batter. He is still a free agent.

In Venezuela, Elvis Escobar went 1-for-3 with a triple, RBI and a walk. His season is now over. Escobar played ten games, going 3-for-16 at the plate, with a home run, triple and a .735 OPS.

From Puerto Rico, the Gigantes and Leones game involved three players in the Pirates organization. Benji Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a walk, single and two runs scored. Eliecer Navarro started the game for the Gigantes and threw three shutout innings, allowing one hit(a triple) with no strikeouts or walks. Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-5 with a double and run scored.

From Colombia on Sunday, Tito Polo got a rare start and had a big night. Playing left field in place of Harold Ramirez, Polo went 3-for-6 with a double, stolen base, two RBIs and a run scored. He is hitting .279 through 18 games, with a .419 slugging percentage and eight RBIs.

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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  • IC Bob

    Polo has had an interesting year. I look forward to seeing how he does in the States next year.

    • John Dreker

      If he can stay healthy, he has a ton of potential. I’ve heard from people who have seen a lot of him that he does everything well on the field. His problem this year is that he missed games three times due to hamstring issues. I was hoping to see him play full-time in Colombia, but he is the fourth outfielder in a pretty strong outfield. Hamstring problems are usually ones that linger, but Polo seems to be a workout fanatic. Not the biggest kid height/frame, but he is jacked.

      • WTM

        I’m more excited about Tito Polo than any player since Henry Henry.

        • IC Bob

          to bad Henry Henry didn,t didn’t make it

  • Pie Rat

    Has anyone heard of rumors of the Pirates showing interest in Cruz. It doesn’t seem likely since they just completed a minor deal with the Rangers.

    • Pie Rat

      I forgot he’s a free agent that the Rangers made a qualifying offer to him.