Comments on: Gregory Polanco Promoted to Altoona Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:20:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Monkshot Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:23:46 +0000 That’s video game logic. It doesn’t work that way unless he crushes, and I mean crushes AA pitching and then gets somehow moved up to AAA and starts being a world beater there. I don’t see the rush and most likely neither do the Pirates.

By: Dean Manifest Fri, 14 Jun 2013 16:07:37 +0000 I’d replace “permanently” with “indefinitely” but yes.

By: Dean Manifest Fri, 14 Jun 2013 16:05:57 +0000 This is what’s so frustrating about getting a goose egg out of Karstens this season. Gomar was PERFECT in the swing role when healthy, and that’s exactly the role Jeff would’ve occupied had he been healthy. Which would have made him an easy call for Saturday. McDonald could have found himself that role as well, but of course he’s injured too.

Our two most reliable starters (Burnett and Wandy) and our three best swing candidates (Jeff, James, Jeanmar) are all all injured at the same time. Not to mention McPherson, who also would’ve been a candidate for the swing role.

Luckily Cole and Morton were ready just in time (I though Charlie was fine yesterday). If we can get a servicable starter two from a AAA guy maybe we’ll make it through this rough patch yet.

Although u have to wonder if Huntington has placed a phone call to Houston (Norris) or Chicago (Garza) yet.

By: Dean Manifest Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:59:19 +0000 I think Polanco could be useful by September. I’d rather have him pinch hitting than Inge, I’d rather have him pinch running than Harrison, and I’d rather have him subbing defensively than AP.

But is his contribution worth the trade-off in minor league time? What about 40-man roster considerations?

If the AA and AAA seasons are finished, and the roster allows for it? Hell yea I’ll call him up!!

By: Dean Manifest Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:53:02 +0000 Seriously.

Imagine If Polanco AND Hanson work out. You could easily see a top of the order featuring Hanson Polanco Cutch Marte setting the table for Pedro Walker Sanchez and whoever ends up at 1b (maybe Bell??). What a nightmare that will be for opposing pitchers, defenses and catchers.

And the outfield defense is even more exciting: we’ll have three centerfield gloves and two right field arms in one outfield.

By: Dean Manifest Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:48:33 +0000 So what do we think about Spring 2014?


Polanco, Taillon


Hanson, Bell, Allie, Kingham, Glasnow


Heredia. Barnes, Herrera

The beauty of the current pipeline is that Travis Snider has roughly another 150-200 games to establish whether he’s a regular, a platoon guy, a backup, or something else, and Tabata and Presley have the same window to fight for a roster spot.

And Mercer gets maybe double that before Hanson knocks on the door (I believe Polanco is a full season ahead of Hanson despite being on roughly the same trajectory until about a day ago).

By: Nuke Laloosh Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:07:55 +0000 Startin to come together….startin to come together. Marte, Cutch, Polanco. That would be an impressive outfield in a couple of years.

By: emjayinTN Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:53:52 +0000 Tim: I love to see the Pirates starting to move guys like Polanco. Next up in my estimation should be Alen Hanson, 20, SS, He started 2013 with 13 E’s in his first 16 games and a batting average in the .150’s. Then his glovework got a lot better – only 5 E’s in the last 42 games, and he has raised his batting average to .282. in 238 AB’s mostly as the leadoff hitter he has 12 doubles, 5 triples, 4 HR’s, 27 RBI, 24W/45K’s. What do we have at Altoona? Gift Ngoepe who in 50 less AB’s is hitting .159, 7doubles, 2 triples, 2 HR’s, 11 RBI, 20W/69K’s with 10 E’s. The only thing that keeps this from being a done deal is that Hanson is only 20 and will not turn 21 until October. The Pirates started working with him on his defense when he started so badly, so the decision is – where can the Pirates provide more instruction for him – Bradenton or Altoona? I would definitely consider a switch of he and Ngoepe, and bring the roving infield instructor in to work between Altoona and Pittsburgh, where Jordy Mercer is quickly becoming our best SS who also has a bat.

By: branbun Fri, 14 Jun 2013 03:33:12 +0000 Should Jordy Mercer permanently replace Barmes?

By: branbun Fri, 14 Jun 2013 03:31:34 +0000 Who is going to pitch Saturday for the Bucs? Oliver, Crumpton, or kent Tekulve?