Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Gregory Polanco
Dec18

Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Gregory Polanco

On Tuesday night in the Dominican, Gregory Polanco went 3-for-4 with three singles. He is now hitting .322 and has reached base 75 times in 40 games. Polanco came into the game as the league’s leader in runs scored and he ranked third in both walks(one behind leaders) and OPS. Carlos Paulino had a tough day, going 0-for-3 with two errors. He also allowed two stolen bases in two attempts. His defense has been highly praised...

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Winter Leagues: Sam Kennelly Gains Valuable Experience
Dec17

Winter Leagues: Sam Kennelly Gains Valuable Experience

Monday was a very quiet day in Winter ball everywhere, the only game took place in Venezuela and no Pirates players were involved. With that in mind, we take off from the recaps for a day to take a look at the progress of one of the youngest Pittsburgh Pirates players in Winter ball. The Pirates signed 16-year-old Sam Kennelly in July of 2012 for a $225,000 bonus. He was signed as a shortstop out of Australia by Tony Harris and then...

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Winter Leagues: Martinez Drives In Three Runs
Dec16

Winter Leagues: Martinez Drives In Three Runs

In the Dominican from Sunday, Gregory Polanco went 0-for-4 in his team’s 4-1 loss. He is hitting .310 through 39 games. Polanco missed all of last week with a stomach virus. In six games this week, he went 6-for-23 with five walks and two RBIs. Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. He came into the game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and stayed in on defense in left field. Carlos Paulino went 0-for-1 with a...

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Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Starts at Second Base Again
Dec15

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Starts at Second Base Again

From the Dominican on Saturday night, Gregory Polanco went 0-for-4 with a walk, RBI and run scored in his team’s 6-5 loss in ten innings. He is hitting .319 with 27 walks and 26 RBIs in 38 games. Alen Hanson went 0-for-4 on Saturday night, his second straight game playing second base. He handled all his chances in the field cleanly. While he has played second base before, he has not played the position in two years. As a rookie...

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Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Rojas, Garcia Makes Debut
Dec14

Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Rojas, Garcia Makes Debut

On Friday night in the Dominican, Alen Hanson went 1-for-5 with a single and two strikeouts. He was also thrown out stealing. The big news of the game was where he was in the field. Hanson started at second base for the first time. He handled all four chances in the field cleanly. Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 with a single. He is 6-for-15 in four games since returning from a stomach virus that caused him to miss all of last week. In...

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Winter Leagues: Two Hits For Polanco, Lambo and Ramirez
Dec13

Winter Leagues: Two Hits For Polanco, Lambo and Ramirez

In the Dominican on Thursday night, Gregory Polanco went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored in his team’s 11-1 win. He reached base four times in Wednesday’s game. Polanco is hitting .331 and has reached base 67 times in 35 games. Alen Hanson went 1-for-3 with a single, walk and stolen base. He made a fielding error on his first chance of the game and had just one play the rest of the day. Carlos Paulino went 1-for-4...

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