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Prospect Highlights: Homer From Gift Ngoepe, Hits From Polanco and Lambo

Prospect Highlights: Homer From Gift Ngoepe, Hits From Polanco and Lambo
John Dreker

In yesterday’s Prospect Highlights, the focus was the season that Gift Ngoepe is having at the plate. His defense is already Major League ready and his speed will be an asset, but coming into the 2014 season, it looked like his bat could keep him from reaching his big league dreams. He had a tough time in AA last year, then really struggled in the Arizona Fall League. The results are good early on, with Ngoepe drawing 17 walks in 21 games, which helps push his OPS to the .824 mark, third best behind Stetson Allie and Elias Diaz on the Altoona roster.

We also have a couple highlights from the Indianapolis game, starting with the guy leading the International League in two Triple Crown categories. Gregory Polanco has a .400 average and on this infield hit, he drove in his 24th run of the season. Polanco easily beats out this soft grounder to second base.

The other RBI in the 2-1 Indianapolis win on Sunday came off the bat of Andrew Lambo. He has driven in runs in four straight games. Not much here, a soft grounder just like Polanco hit, although Lambo’s wasn’t fielded cleanly, so there was no play. It gives us a chance to highlight the season that Lambo is having. In 70 at-bats, he is hitting .343 with a .939 OPS. On a team filled with players that have major league experience, Lambo only trails Polanco in OPS. Lambo is 102 points ahead of the next best Indianapolis player (Chris Dickerson) in OPS.

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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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