Comments on: Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Top Prospects: #3 – Gregory Polanco Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 14:11:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: whiteAngus Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:53:37 +0000 yet theres a better chance that most of the prospects do not live up to their potential. remember when the Royals had the top system in the game? well, not one of their pitching prospects made it, not one of them.
its great to see the system so front loaded with great talent, and im confident all of these will play in the big leagues. but Bucs fans have to expect some failure along the way.

By: Matt Beam Thu, 31 Jan 2013 01:33:47 +0000 top 10 prospects when Neal took over according to BA (1 great ML; 1 above average ML; 1 decent reliever)

1. Andrew McCutchen, of
2. Neil Walker, 3b
3. Steve Pearce, 1b/of
4. Brad Lincoln, rhp
5. Daniel Moskos, lhp
6. Shelby Ford, 2b
7. Jamie Romak, of
8. Brian Bixler, ss/2b
9. Duke Welker, lhp
10. Brad Corley, of

top 10 this year (so much more potential, esp. pitching)

1. Gerrit Cole, rhp
2. Jameson Taillon, rhp
3. Luis Heredia, rhp
4. Gregory Polanco, of
5. Alen Hanson, ss
6. Josh Bell, of
7. Kyle McPherson, rhp
8. Justin Wilson, lhp
9. Barrett Barnes, of
10. Clay Holmes, rhp

By: Matt Beam Thu, 31 Jan 2013 01:18:35 +0000 Let’s not get to far ahead of ourselves but what current major leaguers do Hanson and Polanco most remind you of? Jimmy Rollins and Matt Kemp? I know I’m getting ahead of myself but it’s been 20 freaking years so I get a free pass…

By: Tim Williams Thu, 31 Jan 2013 01:08:00 +0000 It wasn’t too long ago that we were asking “What do the Pirates do with Tabata and Presley once Marte and Grossman arrive?”

These things usually work themselves out. It also wouldn’t be horrible to have more talent than positions.

By: Tim Williams Thu, 31 Jan 2013 01:06:44 +0000 That’s definitely true. For these rankings and writeups, I always try to look past that stuff. Polanco has the defensive upside of a center fielder. Whether he actually plays there with the Pirates doesn’t change that upside. Same with calling pitchers #1 or #2 starters. It’s not comparing them to the Pirates’ rotation, but to the league average for #1 and #2 starters.

By: Tim Williams Thu, 31 Jan 2013 01:04:34 +0000 You’d probably get bored. It’s just non-stop baseball there, and the only time I ever take a break from work is when I’m cooking BBQ in the smoker. You probably wouldn’t want any part of that.

By: Tim Williams Thu, 31 Jan 2013 01:03:08 +0000 Could be a number of things. Some possibilities off the top of my head:

1. A stronger belief that Hanson can stick at short.
2. A lack in trust in Polanco, who was more of a breakout than Hanson.
3. Concerns about Polanco’s funky swing.
4. The time when certain scouts saw the two players. Hanson was on fire early in the season. Polanco was on fire late in the season.

But honestly, that would be a question for them. I can only say why we had Polanco ahead of Hanson.

By: Ian Rothermund Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:41:58 +0000 I’m curious…

Tim, if you’re out there, what sorts of things do you think led to Polanco being rated lower than Hanson in the MLB countdown? I would think that the additional size, power, base running ability, and certainty regarding his ability to stay at a premium defensive position would’ve made him a lock to receive a higher rating.

As a continuation to the international players conversation, I’m very curious to see how Heredia looks starting off this year. He could leap frog everyone, including Taillon, once Cole graduates from his prospect status.

By: Emilio Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:11:25 +0000 I can’t really answer your questions, but I think you bring up an interesting point. Namely, how does the outfield shake out once Polanco and Bell show up?

Polanco is likely to show up a year or two before Bell. When Polanco does get here (2015ish) I think Cutch will be coming to the end of his time in center and be better suited in a corner OF spot. Though, this will decrease his value.

But the real issue is what happens when Bell is ready and Cutch is pushing 30? Maybe I’m making this up, but I think I remember hearing talk of the possibility of Bell playing 1B. The other option is to trade one of these guys (dare I say Cutch), which would be a very hard decision.

Its a lot of fun to think about what the lineup and rotation could look like in a few years.

By: leadoff Wed, 30 Jan 2013 15:38:04 +0000 What a future for the Bucs, about the time that Hanson and Polanco come along, possibly Bell, there won’t be any talk of acquiring outfield corner help, the Bucs will be very deep by around 2015 unless they trade a couple of these guys. When McCutchen’s contract is up the Bucs will have to trade him for sure and that should net them another bounty of talent, I think if they play their cards right the Pirates could contend for a lot of years. These guys are legit talent with more behind them, of course we all know especially for the negative thinking people anything can happen along the way. I going to make a prediction, something I rarely do, but I would say the Bucs are positioned to win a division somewhere around 2016, possibly earlier.