Winter Leagues: Gregory Polanco Debuts on Sunday

On Saturday in the Dominican, just one game was played and Stephen Alemais was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player to see action. He went 0-for-2 before leaving for a pinch-hitter. He started his second game, playing shortstop on this night after playing second base in his first game. On Sunday, he started at shortstop and he went 1-for-3 with a run scored. In four games, he’s 1-for-9 at the plate.

While Alemais was batting eighth for Leones del Escogido on Sunday, Gregory Polanco was in the winter lineup for Leones for the first time since the 2013-14 winter season. Polanco played right field and batted in the cleanup spot. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

I mentioned in Saturday morning’s article that two games were postponed due to COVID cases in the Dominican, which affected three Pittsburgh Pirates players. I also said that the team would resume play on Saturday night, but that changed about five hours after the article went up and a total of four games for Saturday/Sunday were postponed. As of right now, they say that Tuesday will be back to the normal schedule.

In Mexico on Saturday, Denny Roman made his third appearance and pitched to just one batter. He gave up a walk. Roman has allowed one run over three innings this winter.

Fabricio Macias went 0-for-3 in the first game of a doubleheader. His team collected just two hits in the game. He didn’t start game two, but came off the bench late to play center field and he went 0-for-1 at the plate. He’s hitting .270/.316/.419 in 23 games.