DPL Alumni selected in the 2014 LIDOM draft

On September 10th the Dominican Winter League (LIDOM) held their anual player draft. Players are eligible for the draft once they have played at least low-A ball and were on roster thru the month of August.  The Dominican Prospect League had an oustanding group of Alumni in this years LIDOM draft class, number 1 over all pick Manuel Margot-Toros (BOS), Willy Adames-Licey (DET), Domingo Leyba-Aguilas (DET), Wendell Rijo-Toros (BOS), Aviatal Avelino-Estrellas (NYY), Miguel Andujar-Gigantes (NYY), Michael Deleon-Licey (TEX), Elier Hernandez-Gigantes (KC), Alex Reyes-Licey (STL), Yoel Araujo-Licey (TB), Michael Feliz-Licey (HOU), Franmil Reyes-Escogido (SDP), Dawell Lugo-Licey (TOR). The Dominican Winter League consist of six teams spread across the Dominican Republic;  Tigres del Licey (Santo Domingo) Leones de Escojido (Santo Domingo) Aguilas Cibaeñas (Santiago) Estrellas Orientales (San Pedro de Macoris) Gigantes del Nordeste (San Francisco de Macoris) and Toros del Este (La Romana).… Read More

Pirates #1 Prospect Gregory Polanco wins Dominican Winter League MVP and ROY awards

Pittsburgh Pirates number 1 Prospect Gregory Polanco became the first Dominican Winter League player to win both Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year honors since the award was established 38 years ago. The 22 year old Polanco captured 45 votes, more than doubling his closest rival, Yamaico Navarro (Licey) who caught 21 ballots. Cleveland Indians prospect Erick Gonzalez (Escojido) received one. While playing for Leones del Escojido Polanco he hit .331 with 55-H in 166-AB, 9-2B, 1-3B, 5-HR, 28-RBI, 28-R, .428 on-base percentage and .916 OPS in 44 games in which he played great defense. The center fielder thus became the first  Escojido player to achieve the MVP since David Ortiz in the 1999-2000 campaign. “I want to thank the fans, the Dominican press, my colleagues and Escojido management, these awards … are yours too!… Read More