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January 22, 2014

Minor League Update

International Winter League Games of January 21

by Jeff Moore


The Good

  • Gregory Polanco, CF, Pirates (Leones del Escogido, DWL): 1-3, R, HR, BB. Polanco connected on his first post-season home run on Tuesday night after hitting five during the Dominican regular season. Polanco’s best quality remains his ability to control the strike zone for the moment, but more power is still being developed in his 6-foot-4 frame.
  • Eddie Rosario, CF, Twins (Indios de Mayaguez, PRWL): 3-4, 2 R, HR. Rosario has resurrected what was thought to be a dead winter campaign with a hot stretch in the Puerto Rican playoffs, during which he’s hit .365. While he doesn’t offer much power and hasn’t hit well at all this winter, Tuesday’s home run was his fourth in Puerto Rico in roughly half the at-bats it took him to hit four in Double-A this season.
  • Mario Lisson, 1B, Giants (Navegantes del Magallanes, VWL): 3-5, 2 R, 2 HR. I haven’t mentioned Lisson much this winter because he’s almost 30 and wasn’t with an affiliated team in 2013, but what he’s doing this winter is making Bobby Abreu look like Joe McEwing. Lisson hit two more home runs on Tuesday to give him 10 in the Venezuelan postseason to go on top of the 16 he hit during the regular season. The Giants signed him this winter in a deal that was so unpublicized that it was only reported because his teammate tweeted about it. Not

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