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Winter Leagues: Polanco Reaches Base Four Times In Playoff Win

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In the Dominican League finals on Friday night, Gregory Polanco had a big game in his team’s 8-0 win. Polanco went 3-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base. He was moved up to second in the batting order from his usual third spot. His average is at just .220 in the playoffs(including round robin) so he hasn’t been hitting well since winning the Dominican Winter League MVP and Rookie of the Year award. His Escogido team is now down 3-2 in the best-of-nine series. Game six will take place on Sunday.

In Australia on Friday, Sam Kennelly was the only Pirates player to see action. He played third base and went 0-for-2 before being pinch-hit for in his team’s 5-4 victory. Kennelly has really struggled lately, going 0-for-23 in his last ten games.

On Thursday night in Colombia, Harold Ramirez went 0-for-3 with a walk in his team’s 10-5 win. With the victory, his team won the Colombian League finals and will now move on to the Latin American series, where they will take on the best teams from the Winter Leagues in Nicaragua, Panama and Veracruz. In five playoff games, Ramirez went 5-for-17 with a homer, four RBIs and three runs scored.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
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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