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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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