Winter Leagues: Polanco’s Hustle Not Enough in Escogido Loss

From the Dominican League finals on Monday night, Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 in his team’s 2-1 loss. It was the opening game of the best-of-nine series. Polanco’s only hit was a single and he didn’t hit it hard, but it impressed Baseball America’s Ben Badler, who was in attendance. Badler tweeted shortly after the play that Polanco showed off his impressive speed by beating out a routine grounder to second base for an infield hit. He is hitting .185 in seven playoffs games.

If you missed it from yesterday, Starling Marte is done with Winter ball this season.

From the Colombian League finals on Sunday, Harold Ramirez went 1-for-4 with a single, hit-by-pitch and two runs scored. His team lost 11-9 to Leones, tying the best-of-seven series at one game apiece. Ramirez was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player to get into Sunday’s game.

From Panama on Sunday, Edgardo Munoz went 1-for-4 with a run scored in his team’s 6-4 loss. Munoz has a .227 average and .570 OPS in 11 games. Ulises Montilla did not play on Sunday. He missed two of the last four games and left the other two games early.

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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