Gregory Polanco

Winter Leagues: Two Hits For Polanco, Marte Injury Update

In the Dominican from Friday night, Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base. He came into the game leading the Dominican League in batting average, OPS and runs scored. The regular season has just two days left and Polanco’s team has only one game left.

Junior Sosa has a .482 OPS

Junior Sosa has a .482 OPS

Starling Marte did not play on Friday, one day after being removed from the game on Thursday night when he got hit by a pitch during his first plate appearance. Tests on his left hand were negative and he was able to take batting practice prior to Friday’s game. Marte is listed as day-to-day and could play today.

Michael Martinez went 0-for-2 with a walk. He is hitting .217 through 17 games. Martinez has played every game in center field since signing with the Pirates earlier this week.

Andy Vasquez came in as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning with the scored tied 2-2. He was left stranded on the bases and the game went into extra innings. He stayed in the game at second base and in the bottom of the 11th, he tied the game with a two-run homer, but his team stil lost 5-4 in 16 innings.Vasquez has played six games this year, though five of them have come in the last nine days. He has started one game and he’s 2-for-11 at the plate.

In Venezuela, Andrew Lambo went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his team’s 14-1 loss. Lambo is batting .212 through 25 games, with 15 RBIs. He was in right field.

Junior Sosa continued to get on base, going 1-for-3 with two walks, a triple and two runs scored. He has an eight game hit streak and has reached base 20 times during that stretch.

Elias Diaz went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt. It was his first start in nearly two weeks, though he has played four times off the bench during that time. Diaz is hitting .263 in 18 games, with a .707 OPS.

From Saturday in Australia, Danny Arribas went 0-for-3 in the first game of a doubleheader. He caught the game and threw out one of three base runners attempting to steal. Arribas did not play in game two.

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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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  • mike_carlini66

    do you have Polanco’s complete stat line for the year or do you plan to wait until the season is over to post it?

    • John Dreker

      The have one more game left, so I was going to wrap up his season tomorrow, then see where he finished in everything on Monday. He’s hitting .333 in 43 games, 28 runs scored, 28 RBIs, 28 walks(he likes the number 28!) five homers, ten doubles and seven stolen bases.

      • mike_carlini66

        Thanks for the update. Can’t wait to see him in action in a Pirates uniform.

        • emjayinTN

          mike: Try

  • Ron Zorn

    I appreciate this grit, but Starling needs to start getting out of the way!

    • Bones79


  • Bones79

    So looking forward to a Marte, Cutch and Polanco Outfield.

  • Matt Beam


    Small sample size or Junior Sosa really starting to put things together and advancing his status as a true MLB caliber prospect?

    Keep up the great work!

    • John Dreker

      I talked to Tim about this a couple days ago. Sosa is a slap hitter, nice speed, can play defense, but that is likely it. We both saw him play this year and last year and both of us believe he will likely top out at AA with that style. He really fits the Junior name well, a very small frame, so that likely limits his upside.

      What his performance in Venezuela does for you is put him name in the back of your mind, just in case he has discovered something. What he’s doing is impressive since the level of competition is a step up from what he saw at Bradenton.

  • LongJohnSilver

    Its getting to the point where I am starting to have no faith in Lambo’s being our answer for any position. His stats are getting uglier every day.

  • LloydBeFree


    Glad to be back buddy!!! What is the link to the other website that you mentioned the other day? LLOYD misses the old crew. Why don’t they use this site at all?


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