Winter Leagues: Polanco Extends Hit Streak to Six Games

In the Dominican, Gregory Polanco had a quiet night compared to what he did in his first five games. He went 1-for-4 on Friday night, scoring a run and extending his hit streak to six games. Polanco is 11-for-24 so far.

De Jesus will play in Puerto Rico this Winter
De Jesus will play in Puerto Rico this Winter

In that same game, Matt Hague had his five game hitting streak snapped. He went 0-for-4, dropping his average down to .304 through 23 AB’s.

For the Gigantes del Cibao, Oscar Tejeda and Carlos Paulino both were in the starting lineup. Neither picked up a hit in their team’s 2-1 win, though they each reached base via walk. Tejeda was at second base and he made an error. He first couple starts came in the outfield.

Atahualpa Severino pitched a perfect eighth inning in his team’s loss, getting two ground outs and a strikeout. On Thursday night, he retired the only batter he faced.

In Venezuela, David Bromberg allowed four runs on four hits and a walk in four innings. He hit two batters and picked up two strikeouts. Bromberg threw 80 pitches, 50 for strikes. In his last start, he threw six shutout innings, giving up just one hit and no walks.

In Mexico, Ali Solis went 2-for-4, with a run scored. He is hitting .276 in 29 AB’s.

In the Veracruz League, Carlos Esqueda went 0-for-3 with a walk, stolen base and run scored. In four games, he is 0-for-13 with a walk.

Leones de Ponce of the Puerto Rican Winter League has announced their roster and two Pirates players are listed. Ivan De Jesus Jr is on the active roster and Benji Gonzalez is on the reserve roster. Last season, De Jesus won the PWL batting title with a .364 average.

There is an interesting name in the Nicaraguan Winter League for the Pirates. Adolfo Flores was signed by the Pirates in 2011, though he has never pitched in a game. He is a 20-year-old righty that can throw mid-90’s, but he has had some personal issues and was suspended for leaving the team. He is from Nicaragua and will play for the Tigres de Chinandega.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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leadoff

Are players like Meadows and McGuire not eligible to play winter ball?

emjayinTN

They were all very young last Winter, and Gregory Polanco has earned his way into the starting lineup for one of the teams which does mean a lot in the overall development process. He has achieved status in his own country. And, it is always enjoyable to follow these kids who will be the building blocks of the future for the Pirates and your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Chris

John,
I was wondering if you could comment on the young pirate arms in the winter league. It seems like many of them are getting hit around. Is this common at that level for most pitchers?

Chris

Thanks for the info. I love the updates, but was somewhat concerned with the pitchers since they seem to be getting hit around a lot. Now I’m at rest. I can’t wait to see all of these guys next year.

CalipariFan506

John, you are the best. I don’t know how the heck you find all of this information every day but I truly appreciate it. Thank you.

CalipariFan506

The Spanish is what always used to run me into the dead ends with this.

I also enjoy the hunt. I follow local high school sports around Pittsburgh very closely and one of my favorite things is searching the web Sunday mornings to see how they did on their small college teams throughout the week. Track/across Country and baseball are my favorite and aren’t always easy to find.

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