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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Winter Leagues: Polanco Helps Team to Playoff Victory

On Thursday night in the Dominican League finals, Gregory Polanco went 0-for-3, but he walked twice and scored two runs in his team’s 6-5 victory. Escogido now trails 3-1 in the best-of-nine game series. Polanco had an 0-for-4 night on Wednesday, when all four at-bats were against Major League pitchers in Esmil Rogers and Victor Marte.

Polanco was ranked the 13th best prospect by MLB.com last night. Earlier in the week, he was picked as the third best outfield prospect.

Game five of the Escogido/Licey series is tonight at 6:35 PM EST and it can be viewed online here.

In Colombia on Wednesday night, Harold Ramirez and his Tigres team took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with a 4-1 victory. Ramirez went 0-for-4 at the plate, his first playoff game without a hit. He was the only Pirates player in the game.

In action from Australia on Thursday, Sam Kennelly returned to play after taking part in the U18 National Youth Championships in Australia. He went 0-for-3 and started at third base. Kennelly has seen time at all four infield positions this year, showing great versatility for someone his age.

Danny Arribas was behind the plate in his team’s 4-3 win. He went 1-for-3 with a run scored. Arribas has now hit in three straight games after going seven straight games without a hit.

In Panama from Wednesday, Edgardo Munoz went 0-for-3 with a walk and run scored in his team’s 8-7 loss. The Panama League finished up the regular season on Thursday and two Pirates players are on playoff rosters. The Indios team with Ulises Montilla and the Caballos team with Dario Agrazal Jr. finished in the top two spots and they will play a best-of-three series to decide which team goes on to the Latin American Series against the best teams from Colombia, Nicaragua and the Veracruz League.

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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 for info on where to find the game tonight.

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Just think about it, Polanco vs Tanaka, could happen in ST this year even for one AB, it might be worth it.

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