In the Dominican, Gregory Polanco extended his hitting streak to eight games on Sunday with a double in five AB's. Despite the hitting streak, he has gone 3-for-13 in his last three games with five strikeouts. He is hitting .394 in 33 AB's, just two less AB's than he had all of last Winter in the Dominican.

Mel Rojas made his Winter debut last night

Carlos Paulino went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts on Sunday. He was making his fourth start and he is currently 3-for-15 at the plate. Opponents were successful on all four stolen base attempts against Paulino last night.

Mel Rojas Jr. was activated by Estrellas de Oriente and lined out in a pinch hit AB in the ninth inning. In 120 games with Altoona this year, he hit .271 with a .742 OPS

In Venezuela, Jhonathan Ramos retired the only...

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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.