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Winter Leagues: Andrew Lambo Makes Winter Debut

In the Dominican on Tuesday night, Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 with an RBI in his team’s 3-2 win. He is now hitting .326, with 22 RBIs  in 89 at-bats. Polanco has been on base in 23 of his 24 games this season. He also picked up an outfield assist.

Also for Escogido, Starling Marte has received permission from the Pirates to player Winter ball. He will play alongside Polanco in the Leones outfield. Marte will likely join the team late next week.

Oscar Tejeda went 1-for-4 with two RBIs. He is hitting .286 in 42 RBI’s.

In Venezuela, Andrew Lambo made his Winter debut with the Cardenales de Lara team. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in his team’s 5-4 win.

In Puerto Rico, Jerry Sands went 1-for-2 with a single, walk and strikeout. Sands was also thrown out stealing. He was pinch-hit for in the ninth inning with the game out of hand.

Ivan De Jesus Jr went 2-for-3 with a walk, run scored and RBI. He is hitting .340 in 47 at-bats, with 11 walks and an .848 OPS.

In Mexico, Ali Solis went 0-for-4, dropping his average just under the .300 mark. He is 26-for-87 in 28 games, with five doubles, four homers and 11 RBIs.

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Travis Gysegem

It would be great to be able to watch Polanco and Marte in the roam outfield together early but I doubt any of the games are taped for public viewing.


I would like to see De Jesus get a chance this year. He has done nothing but hit since he’s been in the system. From what I understand he’s a defensive liability but I would still like to see what he can do in the majors.


100% agree Monk. Could he be any worse than JHay, Inge or McDonald? I know McDonald was here for his defense, but why do you need that when the starter at SS was only here for his defense? It’s a little different this season with Jordy as the starter, but who doesn’t like a middle IF that can hit a ton?

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