Winter Leagues: Polanco Returns to Action

In the Dominican League on Tuesday night, Gregory Polanco made his return to action after missing all of last week with a stomach virus. Coming into the game, he was the league leader with a .924 OPS. Polanco went 1-for-4 with a single, walk, run scored and stolen base in his team’s 5-2 win.

Gregory Polanco missed last week with a stomach virus
Gregory Polanco missed last week with a stomach virus

Alen Hanson played his second game of the Winter season, coming in as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning. He struck out in his only at-bat. Hanson remained in the game on defense at shortstop.

Carlos Paulino went 0-for-3 with two walks and a run scored. He came into the game with just three walks in his first 17 games. Paulino threw out one of two runners attempting to steal against him.

Atahualpa Severino walked the only batter he faced. In his last 11 outings combined, he has thrown nine shutout innings, allowing two hits and four walks.

In Venezuela, Andrew Lambo went 1-for-3 with a double. He was in right field after playing first base the last three games. Lambo left the game after striking out in the seventh inning. He is hitting .185 with 13 RBIs in 16 games.

The starting pitcher against Lambo was David Bromberg, who still remains a free agent. He went 4.1 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and one walk. Bromberg had four strikeouts and six ground ball outs. He has made eight starts, posting a 3.51 ERA over 33.1 innings.

In Puerto Rico, Ivan De Jesus Jr. went 0-for-4, dropping his average down to .289 through 26 games. He leads the league with 17 runs scored and 20 walks. De Jesus Jr. is still a free agent.

In Colombia, Harold Ramirez has been named to the All-Star team. The game takes place on Saturday. Ramirez is hitting .357 in 19 games, with four doubles and a league leading three triples.

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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