Winter Leagues: Polanco Helps Team to Playoff Victory

On Thursday night in the Dominican League finals, Gregory Polanco went 0-for-3, but he walked twice and scored two runs in his team’s 6-5 victory. Escogido now trails 3-1 in the best-of-nine game series. Polanco had an 0-for-4 night on Wednesday, when all four at-bats were against Major League pitchers in Esmil Rogers and Victor Marte.

Polanco was ranked the 13th best prospect by MLB.com last night. Earlier in the week, he was picked as the third best outfield prospect.

Game five of the Escogido/Licey series is tonight at 6:35 PM EST and it can be viewed online here.

In Colombia on Wednesday night, Harold Ramirez and his Tigres team took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with a 4-1 victory. Ramirez went 0-for-4 at the plate, his first playoff game without a hit. He was the only Pirates player in the game.

In action from Australia on Thursday, Sam Kennelly returned to play after taking part in the U18 National Youth Championships in Australia. He went 0-for-3 and started at third base. Kennelly has seen time at all four infield positions this year, showing great versatility for someone his age.

Danny Arribas was behind the plate in his team’s 4-3 win. He went 1-for-3 with a run scored. Arribas has now hit in three straight games after going seven straight games without a hit.

In Panama from Wednesday, Edgardo Munoz went 0-for-3 with a walk and run scored in his team’s 8-7 loss. The Panama League finished up the regular season on Thursday and two Pirates players are on playoff rosters. The Indios team with Ulises Montilla and the Caballos team with Dario Agrazal Jr. finished in the top two spots and they will play a best-of-three series to decide which team goes on to the Latin American Series against the best teams from Colombia, Nicaragua and the Veracruz League.

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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  • leadoff

    Thanks John for info on where to find the game tonight.

    • John Dreker

      No problem, people have asked in the comments and on twitter, so I figured I’d include it so they can get a glimpse of him before Spring Training

      • leadoff

        Just think about it, Polanco vs Tanaka, could happen in ST this year even for one AB, it might be worth it.