Winter Leagues

Winter Leagues: Polo Goes Yard In 6-4 Win

Winter Leagues: Polo Goes Yard In 6-4 Win

From Colombia on Monday, Tito Polo hit a solo home run in his team's 6-4 win. The homer was his first of the season. Harold Ramirez reached base three times, going 1-for-3 with a single, walk, hit-by-pitch and run scored. He is now hitting .323 with nine extra base hits in 37 games. Polo is hitting .237 in 24 games and he has a .699 OPS.

Tito Polo hit his first homer of the Winter

The league is a good measuring stick for how much each player has improved over last season. There are two games left in their regular season, so it is close enough to the end to compare how each of them did last year for the same team in the same league. We saw a huge jump this year from Gregory Polanco, who went from a seldom-used backup, to winning the Dominican Winter League's MVP award.

Last year, Harold Ramirez saw regular playing time, but his stats were nowhere near the level they are at this year. In 113 at-bats last year, he hit .221 with a .319 slugging percentage. He has 17 more at-bats t...

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