Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Gregory Polanco

On Tuesday night in the Dominican, Gregory Polanco went 3-for-4 with three singles. He is now hitting .322 and has reached base 75 times in 40 games. Polanco came into the game as the league’s leader in runs scored and he ranked third in both walks(one behind leaders) and OPS.

Gregory Polanco
Gregory Polanco has 48 base hits this Winter

Carlos Paulino had a tough day, going 0-for-3 with two errors. He also allowed two stolen bases in two attempts. His defense has been highly praised throughout Winter ball and during the regular season, so today was definitely an off day for him.

Andy Vasquez started at shortstop for the first time this Winter and went 1-for-4. He has seen limited action all season.

Michael Martinez went 1-for-4 with an RBI and two strikeouts. He also threw out a runner at home from center field. He is hitting .200 through 14 games, with six RBIs. He drove in three of those runs in his last game.

Atahualpa Severino got a foul out to first base from the only batter he faced on Tuesday and he picked up the win. Severino came in for Carlos Marmol in the eighth inning, with a man on third base and two outs. He has thrown a total of 10.1 shutout innings over his last 13 appearances.

In Venezuela, Andrew Lambo went 0-for-6 during a doubleheader. He was pinch-hit for in the fifth inning of game two. Game one was the makeup of a rainout from before Lambo joined the team. He played first base in game one and right field in game two.

Junior Sosa went 1-for-5 with two runs scored. He is batting .333 over 13 games and has recently been moved to the lead-off spot.

In Puerto Rico, Benji Gonzalez continued his hot hitting. He went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. He is hitting .387 through 11 games, with five doubles and a triple.

Ivan De Jesus Jr. went 1-for-3 with a double and RBI. He is batting .279 in 31 games and is still a free agent.

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Winter ball doesn’t guarantee success or failure. Hell the gave Barmes another contract & he hasn’t hit anything except the top of his head on Hurdles desk.

Pie Rat

I see Bob what you are saying. I’m starting to agree and we can’t really depend on him to start 1st this year. If 1st base was really his position than I would be more interested in giving him a try there. Although the Pirates in their interest have to say it’s an option or the price tag could go up on trade options. It looks like Ike Davis may be one of the few options

IC Bob

I think Lambo is back under 200. I doubt that will stop the lets give him a chance at first crowd here. I wish the guy was the answer at first but if you can barely crack the Mendoza line in Ven. you really shouldn’t be a starter in the major leagues.


Yes, lets make a long term conclusion about a player, based on 15-20 games in Winter Ball – and ignore what he accomplished all of last year. Yes, that is smart. I am glad NH is the GM.


Yeah those 25 strikeouts in 78 at bats are looking great. Yeah he looks ready to start at first opening day, lol. This isn’t exactly major league pitching he’s facing.


I’m judging all his other season in the minors clown! Yeah I am happy Huntington is GM and not you. He knows we need a 1B. Clearly the Pirates feel that Lambo currently isn’t the answer at 1B based on 1 good season in AA and AAA.


If we judged everyone on 15-20 games, they would have never given bums like McCutcheon and Alvarez a shot…..


I personally do not think Lambo is the answer at 1B. I think he needs to put another solid season together at AAA or half season. I think we need to make a deal for a left handed starting 1B and I think they will.

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