Comments on: West Virginia Bats Get Shutdown; Von Rosenberg Not As Good As Stat Line Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:17:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: JohnDreker Sun, 29 Jul 2012 14:04:00 +0000 ZVR looked bad today, but you still have to remember he has a 1.94 ERA in his last six starts, five of them on the road, so he must be doing something right. I doubt he has been lucky six times in a row. I wouldn’t write him off, but for me his recent performance hasn’t moved him up from where he fell after starting the year in EST. If you only saw him face the first two batters last night, you would’ve put a future ace tag on him. Everything after that was an adventure and he escaped.

Polanco has some similarities with Marte, great range, puts balls in play hard, the speed. I really haven’t seen a throw from him in six games now, but I doubt he throws like Marte, although I’ve read his arm is strong. A recent BA article hinted at him filling out and moving to a corner spot, although I’ll say his range last night put him at elite center field range, so I don’t see him losing so much that he would NEED to move, just might be forced to move depending on how quick he makes it to the big leagues. He has more patience at the plate than Marte, isn’t quite the free swinger. The intriguing thing is they are playing at WV at the same age and you have to give the nod to Polanco in the stats dept. Marte never hit 13 homers in the minors(12 twice, but Polanco still has 30+ games to play), never stole 40 bases, never had an OPS over .900

The Pirates have been high on Polanco for years now, so while his stats suggest he came out of nowhere this season, they would say he is showing his potential finally. Could be a similar situation with Luis Urena next year, stats haven’t shown much but he is built the same and they may have been even higher on him when he was signed than they were with Polanco. A name to remember for next year(doesn’t hurt that he has hit 3 homers the last two days either)

By: Lee Young Sun, 29 Jul 2012 13:04:00 +0000 ZVR is looking more and more like a bust?

Polanco sounds like a LH Marte?