Winter Leagues: Polanco Reaches Base Five Times In Victory

After Gregory Polanco’s last game in the playoffs, we used the title “Polanco Reaches Base Four Times In Victory“. Just one game later, he one-upped himself, reaching base five times in Escogido’s 9-6 win. Polanco went 1-for-2, walking four times and hitting a ninth inning RBI single. He was a big part of his team’s offense, coming around to score on three of those walks. Escogido has now won three straight, tying the best-of-nine series at three games apiece. Game seven will take place tonight at 6:35 PM EST and can be viewed online at Escogido.com.

Yesterday, we recapped the Winter League performances of six of the top 15 Pirates prospects. Polanco obviously improved greatly on his slow playoff start.

From Australia on Sunday, Sam Kennelly went 0-for-2 with sacrifice bunt and he was hit by a pitch. Kennelly made his first start of the ABL season at shortstop. He played the position nine times during the U18 National Youth Tournament earlier this month. Kennelly has now started at all four infield positions. He finished the regular season in a big slump, going 0-for-25 in his last 11 games. Kennelly’s Perth Heat team finished in first place and they have a first round bye in the playoffs.

Danny Arribas went 0-for-2 with a walk in his team’s 2-0 win. Sydney made the playoffs and they will play a three game series next weekend against Canberra.

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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