Winter Leagues: Two More Hits For Polanco

In the Dominican League from Sunday, Gregory Polanco went 2-for-3 in his team’s 1-0 win. Polanco went 3-for-4 on Saturday, breaking a 1-for-16 streak. He is now hitting .320 in 33 games and ranks second in the league with 21 runs scored and third in hits with 39 and also third with 24 RBIs. Polanco is third in the DWL with a .924 OPS, seven points behind the two leaders who are tied for first.

In Venezuela, Andrew Lambo went 1-for-4 with a single and a strikeout. He was moved down to eighth in the lineup. Lambo is hitting .139 through 11 games. He has a .517 OPS and seven RBIs.

Junior Sosa went 2-for-3 with a walk in his team’s 18-4 loss. He is hitting .318 in eight games, collecting seven hits in 22 at-bats.

Jhonathan Ramos struck out the only batter he faced on Sunday. He is on a terrific streak in his last six games, getting 11 ground ball outs and four strikeouts in five innings. The only ball hit in the air during his last six appearances was a double by Andrew Lambo.

In Puerto Rico, Jerry Sands went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. Sands is hitting .260 through 22 games, with four homers and 11 RBIs.

In Mexico, Jay Jackson gave up his first run of the season, though it was unearned and he still picked up his tenth save. Jackson pitched 1.1 innings, allowing the one run on two hits. He had three ground ball outs and a strikeout. The unearned run scored on a fielding error that came with two outs in the ninth. In 20.1 innings over 17 appearances, he has 19 strikeouts and a .186 BAA.

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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Andrew Lambo continuing to show this team needs 1B help, and bad.


give lambo a break. He has a good year in triple a so obviously he is the answer at first. He hit 30 bombs, remember steve peace did and his still around. You cannot just give up on guys with high strike out rates and one good year in the minors so quickly martha

Ian Rothermund

I forget….was Steve Pearce ever a top-100 prospect? Lambo is a guy that was doing well until a slow year and a half in AA and failed a drug test for a little weed. I mean, should they just cut the guy? Anybody that hits 30 bombs in a year in the upper minors should get a look, especially a guy that was as highly touted as him. Maybe he’ll be a Steve Pearce, but maybe he’ll be average and serviceable.



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