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First Pitch: Using Hanson and Polanco Helps to Predict Future Promotions

First Pitch: Using Hanson and Polanco Helps to Predict Future Promotions

Every year at the start of the year I get the same questions: When do you think (Insert Player) will be promoted to (Insert level that is one higher than his current level)?

Of course then I get the same question over and over until that player is promoted. At which point I get the same question, only for the next level. I understand it. The only purpose of the minor leagues is developing prospects. People want to see progress, and the only true sign of progress is a player moving up a level. When a guy gets promoted, it's a sign of many things. It's a sign that his numbers are seen as legit in most cases (unless it's a situation where the guy was struggling before his promotion). It's a sign that the organization thinks high enough of the player to give him a new challenge. And it's a sign that the player in question is one step closer to the majors.

The problem with trying to make these "when will he get promoted" predictions is that it's all an educated guess. In some cases, t...

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