The big news from Monday in the Winter Leagues centered around the Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect, Gregory Polanco. He took home both the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year awards from the Dominican Winter League. He received 45 of a possible 67 first place votes for the MVP award and 61 first place votes for the ROY award. The league wrapped up it's regular season on Sunday and the playoffs will begin on Friday.
Gregory Polanco won the MVP and ROY award on Monday
Four teams made the Dominican League round robin playoffs. Below is a list of the teams, along with the Pirates players on their roster. The best two teams during the round robin tournament will move on to the championship series. The winner of that series will go on to the Caribbean World Series and go up against the best Winter League teams from Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
Pirates Players On Dominican League Rosters
Leones del Escogido: Gregory Polanco, Starling Marte, Graham Godfrey(free agent)
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.