Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Rojas, Garcia Makes Debut

On Friday night in the Dominican, Alen Hanson went 1-for-5 with a single and two strikeouts. He was also thrown out stealing. The big news of the game was where he was in the field. Hanson started at second base for the first time. He handled all four chances in the field cleanly.

Garcia made his Winter debut on Friday
Garcia made his Winter debut on Friday

Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 with a single. He is 6-for-15 in four games since returning from a stomach virus that caused him to miss all of last week. In the two games prior to getting sick, he was 5-for-7 at the plate.

Mel Rojas Jr. got an appearance as a pinch-runner on Thursday night. On Friday, he got his first start since October 30th. Rojas went 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and two stolen bases.

Friday night also saw the Winter debut of Willy Garcia. He struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. Garcia is on the Aguilas Cibaenas club. In 118 games this season, he hit .256 with 16 homers and 13 stolen bases for Bradenton.

Carlos Paulino went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. The RBI was just the third of the season for Paulino, who is hitting .220 in 21 games.

Andy Vasquez struck out as a pinch-hitter in his third appearance of the season. He also pinch-hit on Thursday, flying out in his only at-bat. Vasquez made his debut as a pinch-runner on October 30th and had not played since.

Atahualpa Severino threw a shutout inning, picking up one strikeout. In his last 12 games combined, he has thrown ten shutout innings, allowing just two hits and four walks. He is still a free agent.

On Friday, the Pirates signed utility player Michael Martinez. He is playing in the Dominican for Estrellas de Oriente, where he is hitting .190 in 12 games, with a .561 OPS.

In Venezuela, Andrew Lambo went 1-for-4 with a double and run scored. After starting slow, he has a six game hitting streak and base hits in nine of his last ten games. He was back in right field

Elias Diaz went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. He came in on defense in the seventh inning. Diaz is batting .294 through 15 games.

Jhonathan Ramos faced three batters, getting two ground outs and he issued one walk. He has thrown ten straight scoreless appearances, throwing a total of 7.1 innings. During that stretch, he has allowed one hit, two walks and his last 19 outs have been either by strikeout(five) or ground balls.

In Puerto Rico, Benji Gonzalez went 0-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt. He was pinch hit for in the eighth inning. Ivan De Jesus Jr. went 0-for-2 with a walk. His batting average is down to .283, well below his league leading .364 average last Winter.

In Australia, Sam Kennelly went 0-for-2 with a walk during the first game of a doubleheader. He did not play in the other game.

Danny Arribas went 0-for-4 in his team’s 5-3 loss. He was back behind the plate for the game. Arribas is hitting .190 through 17 games, with a .506 OPS.

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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Thanks John,

That’s exactly what LLOYD was hoping to hear. And watching online or on TV is good enough as well. The plate patience and strike zone judgement are some of the best indicators of offensive success at the next level IMO so it’s great that you and Tim rave about that. And the OF defense is a huge plus even with a GB staff because there still are a lot of balls put into the air that if they aren’t out’s can easily be extra bases.

From what you have seen of Cutch, Marte and Polanco…..what would be your OF lineup in late 2014? What about in 2016?



John (and Tim if you see this),

Approximately how many games have you guys seen Polanco play, no matter where or what level?

And just for fun can you guys give a guess as to his MLB stats for 2014 if he gets called up at the Super 2 deadline. And then again for a full 2015. LLOYD is looking more for traditional stats but advanced are also welcome. This is just to excite all us crazy fans that sometimes get overly excited about these prospects.

Thank You Men,


IC Bob

Whats Lambos average. Is he still slogging around 200?

IC Bob

Thanks for the update. I am not a Lambo guy but I am willing to give him a chance however I would expect him to succeed in Winter ball before I give him a shot in Pitt. So far 242 with no power will not cut it. Still it is a long way to go and two big games would make his stats look pretty good in such a small sample size.


Again, I’m as concerned about his bat as I am whether he sticks at shortstop or not. He hit well at WV but didn’t really hit as well last year and while he hit ok in the Fall League…his true value comes from his hit-value which it would be nice to see again.

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