Winter Leagues: Polanco Returns to Action

In the Dominican League on Tuesday night, Gregory Polanco made his return to action after missing all of last week with a stomach virus. Coming into the game, he was the league leader with a .924 OPS. Polanco went 1-for-4 with a single, walk, run scored and stolen base in his team’s 5-2 win.

Gregory Polanco missed last week with a stomach virus

Gregory Polanco missed last week with a stomach virus

Alen Hanson played his second game of the Winter season, coming in as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning. He struck out in his only at-bat. Hanson remained in the game on defense at shortstop.

Carlos Paulino went 0-for-3 with two walks and a run scored. He came into the game with just three walks in his first 17 games. Paulino threw out one of two runners attempting to steal against him.

Atahualpa Severino walked the only batter he faced. In his last 11 outings combined, he has thrown nine shutout innings, allowing two hits and four walks.

In Venezuela, Andrew Lambo went 1-for-3 with a double. He was in right field after playing first base the last three games. Lambo left the game after striking out in the seventh inning. He is hitting .185 with 13 RBIs in 16 games.

The starting pitcher against Lambo was David Bromberg, who still remains a free agent. He went 4.1 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and one walk. Bromberg had four strikeouts and six ground ball outs. He has made eight starts, posting a 3.51 ERA over 33.1 innings.

In Puerto Rico, Ivan De Jesus Jr. went 0-for-4, dropping his average down to .289 through 26 games. He leads the league with 17 runs scored and 20 walks. De Jesus Jr. is still a free agent.

In Colombia, Harold Ramirez has been named to the All-Star team. The game takes place on Saturday. Ramirez is hitting .357 in 19 games, with four doubles and a league leading three triples.

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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