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 have been a revelation. Two years after arriving in America a tall, skinny 18-year-old, Polanco is now both a bona fide five-tool prospect and a hitter almost assured of making some measure of Major Lea...
James covers the Pirates beat for Pirates Prospects. He is a Broadcast Journalism student at USC and has written for such outlets as NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins. James previously covered the Pirates for Pittsburgh Sports Report. He also broadcasts play-by-play for the USC Trojans baseball team and was awarded the 2013 Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship and Allan Malamud Scholarship. James dispenses puns at his Twitter account (@JamesSantelli) where he promises to write in first-person.