Winter Leagues: Harold Ramirez Collects Two Hits In Playoff Win

On Wednesday night in the Dominican League Finals, Gregory Polanco had a tough game and the rest of his team didn’t do any better. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and his team lost 1-0, dropping them to 0-3 in the best-of-nine series. Polanco has struggled for the most part in the playoffs, hitting .176 in nine games. Game four of the series will take place tonight at 6:35 EST and it can be viewed here online.

Earlier on Wednesday, MLB.com named Polanco the third best outfield prospect.

From the Colombian League finals on Tuesday night, Harold Ramirez went 2-for-4 with an RBI and stolen base in his team’s 8-5 win. With the victory, the Tigres moved to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. Tito Polo made his first appearance of the series, pinch-running and scoring a run in the eighth inning.

From Panama on Tuesday, Edgardo Munoz went 0-for-2 with a walk and run scored in his team’s 8-4 loss. In 14 games, he is hitting .231 with a .594 OPS and six stolen bases, which ties him for the league lead.

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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  • BallHeadWonder

    Hey John, what type of pitching is Greg seeing in this series…I know you said that this is Triple A pitching, but have these guys logged some ML innings?? Has Greg hit a wall where he may need some downtime to get ready for Spring Training??

    • John Dreker

      Overall, the pitching in the playoffs gets better. Major leaguers start to enter the league and they also hold a draft after the season is over, taking the best players from the teams that didn’t make the playoffs. Polanco hit his home run the other day of Yunesky Maya, who pitched for the Nationals this year and in 2010-11. Last night, three of his at-bats came off Esmil Rogers of the Blue Jays, five seasons in the majors, 137.2 innings last year, so you’re talking about a legit full-time major league pitcher. The other at-bat came off the Cardinals Victor Marte. He has pitched parts of four seasons in the majors. Basically, he was facing major league pitchers all game in a playoff type atmosphere.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD

    In terms of speed, arm, bat, etc., does how does Ramirez compare to Marte?

    • John Dreker

      Speed would probably be about the same now, though once Ramirez fully fills out, he will be a step behind. The arm is definitely behind Marte, but the range/glove should be close. Ramirez will have about the same power/bat, just with better plate patience. Basically, if he reaches his projection, he should get on base a little more, but won’t have the same arm/speed, still good in each regard, but not the same. Ramirez also has a knack for getting hit by pitches. He led the Colombian League in HBP.

      • BuccosFanStuckinMD

        Thanks John. I have never seen Ramirez play, but was curious.