Winter Leagues: Tito Polo Homers Twice, Ramirez Stays Hot

In Colombia, Tito Polo hit his first two homers of the winter, continuing his strong off-season. On Thursday night, he went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk. On Friday, he had an 0-for-4 night. Polo capped off the weekend with a solo homer and a walk, scoring both runs in a 2-0 win. He also picked up his second stolen base. Polo is hitting .327/.417/.551 in 49 at-bats. He has seven walks, two HBP, ten runs scored and five extra-base hits. His .968 OPS is second in the league and he is tied for the league lead in both homers and triples.

Harold Ramirez had a nice end to the week as well, going 3-for-4 on Thursday, with a triple and an RBI. On Friday, he went 1-for-3 with a single. Ramirez went 1-for-2 with a walk and HBP on Saturday. He is hitting .370/.434/.522 in 46 at-bats. He would rank third in the league in OPS, but he is currently a few plate appearances shy of qualifying.

In the Dominican, Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He is hitting .230 through 28 games, with five doubles, six homers and 14 walks.

Pedro Florimon went 1-for-5 with a single and an RBI. He is hitting .211 through 21 games.

Gustavo Nunez went 1-for-4 with a run scored and stolen base. He has a .202 average through 29 games.

In Mexico, Carlos Munoz went 1-for-4 with a strikeout and a caught stealing. His only hit was an infield single to first base and the pitcher was Dennys Reyes, who pitched for the 2003 Pirates. Reyes was also playing A-ball when Munoz was born.

Sebastian Valle went 1-for-4 with a homer, his first of the year.

In Puerto Rico, Danny Ortiz went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. That gives him a .187/.279/.209 slash line through 28 games. He has the third lowest OPS among qualified hitters, one point ahead of former Pirate farmhand Benji Gonzalez.

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Does anyone know how many TJ surgeries in the Pirates org last season ?


I think I read 10, including non-prospects and position players

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Not sure if that picture of Polo is recent, but he appears a bit stronger than I thought when I last saw a picture of him. Solid upside perhaps?

Moving on to the Rule 5 draft this Thursday… 10 players made rosters and stuck last year including a reliever who pitched in the world series. Is there an arm in the mix of players that can help the PBC in the rotation or from the pen?


Benji gonzo. That’s a blast from the past.

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