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Winter Leagues: Ramirez and Polo Come Up Big in Win

In the Dominican, Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 with a single and run scored. He has reached base 43 times this year, picking up at least one hit or walk in 21 of his 22 games.

Going into Friday, Tito Polo had not had a hit since Opening Day
Going into Friday, Tito Polo had not had a hit since Opening Day

Matt Hague went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk in his team’s 3-0 loss. He is hitting .313 in 17 games.

Oscar Tejeda hit a pinch-hit double and scored a run in the eighth inning of his team’s 13-11 loss. Tejeda stayed in the game and played left field.

In Puerto Rico, Jerry Sands reached base twice, going 1-for-4 with a single and a walk, though he also struck out twice. Sands is hitting .290 with two homers, so the results look good, but he has struck out 13 times in 31 at-bats.

Ivan De Jesus Jr. went 2-for-4 with two singles. He is hitting .341 in 12 games with an .850 OPS.

In Venezuela, Elias Diaz went 0-for-2 with a walk and run scored. This was just the second time he played in back-to-back games all season. In nine games, he is 3-for-20 with six walks.

Luis Sanz pitched for the second straight day and third time in four days. He got out of a jam on Friday, but on Saturday he didn’t fare so well. He faced two batters in the eighth inning, giving up a single and a walk. One of the runners scored, leaving him with a 4.05 ERA through seven appearances.

In Mexico, Ali Solis went 1-for-3 with an RBI double that accounted for his team’s only run in the first game of a doubleheader. It was his fifth double and 11th RBI. In game two, he went 0-for-2 as his team was on the other side of a 1-0 score.

In the Colombian League on Saturday night, Harold Ramirez and Tito Polo had big nights for their Tigres team. Polo batted lead-off and played center field, while Ramirez batted second and he was in left field. Polo went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, two RBIs, a double, a walk and a stolen base. Ramirez went 3-for-5 with three RBI’s, a run scored and two stolen bases. He is batting .360 in the first seven games.

Yhonathan Barrios pitched well in his first outing, retiring all three batters he faced, two by strikeout. In his second appearance on Saturday, he ran into a lot of trouble. He recorded one out while allowing three runs on four hits. His team was winning 6-3 going into the bottom of the ninth inning, but they ended up losing 7-6 on a two out walk-off hit.

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Polo a better CF the Ramirez?


What kind of speed does Ramirez have? Is it comparable to Hanson/Marte speed?


Thanks for the quick response even if that last sentence was depressing.


Even in his first year in MLB, Puckett had already lost much of whatever ability he had to steal bases. His success rates his first three years were at best mediocre: 67%, 64%, 63%.

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