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Polanco and Hanson Selected as 2012 SAL All-Stars

Polanco and Hanson Selected as 2012 SAL All-Stars

The South Atlantic League has announced the selection of the 2012 Annual All-Star Team. Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco were chosen from the West Virginia Power for the end of the year honors.

Polanco was chosen as the Most Outstanding Major League Prospect, and as an All-Star outfielder. The center fielder hit for a .325/.389/.514 line in 422 at-bats so far this year. He's among the league leaders in batting average (.325), hits (137), runs (80), RBIs (81), stolen bases (40), and slugging percentage (.514).

Polanco was signed on April 11, 2009 for $75,000. He's a tall, athletic outfielder at 6' 4", 170 pounds. He has a ton of speed from his long legs, giving him good range in center field, and allowing him to steal 40 bases in 55 attempts this year. He added some muscle to his frame before the season, which led to a power outburst. He had previously hit six homers in 578 at-bats over three years mostly spent between the DSL and GCL. This year he has 15 homers in 422 at-bats, alo...

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