Gregory Polanco drew rave reviews from the Futures Game.
There's something about the Futures Game that leads to a top Pirates prospect giving a bad first impression that doesn't represent his skills at all. On Sunday, Gregory Polanco started in center field for the World team. Polanco went 0-for-1 with a walk, but the thing that stood out was his bad route on a ball hit over his head to straightaway center field.
You can see the route in the video at the top of this article. Polanco turned and started running to his left. He turned around, realized the ball was heading to his right, quickly turned, but had no chance on the ball. He probably wouldn't have caught the ball if he ran straight back, but it looked awkward. The same video shows him fielding a ball hit to shallow center, which was pretty uneventful.
Polanco isn't a bad fielder, but the route he took represents one area of his game that needs to be polished. It's almost like how Gerrit Cole was hit hard in his Futures ...
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