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Gregory Polanco: Futures Game Continues Outfielder’s Breakthrough

Gregory Polanco: Futures Game Continues Outfielder’s Breakthrough

Gregory Polanco starts in center field and hits 7th for Team World in the 2013 Futures Game.

The future for top Pirates hitting prospect Gregory Polanco has grown brighter and brighter for the last three years. The center fielder comes to the 2013 Futures Game as one of baseball's most exciting minor-league outfielders.

Showing up in New York City for All-Star Week represents a coming-out party for Polanco. He was neither a highly-touted draft choice nor a Dominican bonus baby, receiving just $75,000 from the Pittsburgh Pirates to sign in March 2009.

"I'm very excited," Polanco said after being named to the Futures Game with second baseman Dilson Herrera. "I've got to keep working and doing what I'm doing right now. Move forward."

Getting to NYC

Polanco's last two seasons ha...

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James dabbles in the baseballey-writey world. He won the SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for contemporary baseball analysis. It was for that defensive shifts piece, you remember that? Not a huge deal, he also lost a bunch of other awards.

He has also written for NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Sports Report and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

By night, James is a television news reporter and weekend anchor for WKBN and WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio. Makes sense, seeing as how his degree from the University of Southern California is in Broadcast Journalism.

James dispenses more bad jokes at his Twitter account, @JamesSantelli. It’s there that he promises to write in the first-person.

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