Winter Leagues: Two Hits For Polanco, Lambo and Ramirez

In the Dominican on Thursday night, Gregory Polanco went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in his team’s 11-1 win. He reached base four times in Wednesday’s game. Polanco is hitting .331 and has reached base 67 times in 35 games.

Andrew Lambo is hitting .364 in his last nine games

Andrew Lambo is hitting .364 in his last nine games

Alen Hanson went 1-for-3 with a single, walk and stolen base. He made a fielding error on his first chance of the game and had just one play the rest of the day.

Carlos Paulino went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and two strikeouts. He is hitting .218 through 20 games, with just one extra base hit and two RBIs. He has been getting playing time though, due to his strong defense, which has been praised around the league.

Graham Godfrey made his Winter debut, throwing a scoreless inning in relief for Escogido(same team as Polanco). Godfrey spent most of the season with Indianapolis after coming over from the Boston Red Sox in a late-May trade. He is currently a minor league free agent.

In Venezuela, Andrew Lambo went 2-for-3 with an RBI. He was pinch-hit for in the eighth inning with the game out of hand. Lambo was back at first base and made his first error there. He has been on a tear at the plate, going 12-for-33 in his last nine games, with ten RBIs.

In Colombia from Wednesday night, Harold Ramirez went 2-for-3 with two walks, a run scored and a stolen base. Ramirez raised his batting average to .372 and he has a .974 OPS in 21 games. He will play in the league’s All-Star game on Saturday.

In Puerto Rico, Benji Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a single and sacrifice bunt. He’s hitting .381 through eight games. Ivan De Jesus Jr. went 1-for-4 with a double. He is batting .289 through 28 games, with 22 walks and 17 runs scored. De Jesus is still a free agent.

In Australia from Friday, Danny Arribas went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI’s. He raised his average over the .200 mark and doubled his season RBI output. The double was the third extra base hit in 16 games for Arribas.

Sam Kennelly went 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. He was at second base again, where he spent all of last week after splitting his time between second and first base early in the year. He has not made an error at either spot. In the ninth inning, he moved over to shortstop for the first time all season. Kennelly was signed as a shortstop, but during his two years in the ABL, he has played all four infield positions.

Nick Hutchings has been activated for this weekend. The 17-year-old pitcher played at the Australian Baseball Academy this Summer and dominated the hitters, leading the league in both strikeouts with 33 and with an 0.70 ERA in 25.2 innings. Hutchings pitched five times in the Australian League last year, giving up one run over six innings and he had ten strikeouts.

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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