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Gregory Polanco: “The Walking Toolshed”

Gregory Polanco: “The Walking Toolshed”

In order to get out of the Dominican Republic as a baseball player, the saying goes, “No one walks off the island.” In a country with so much baseball talent per capita, scouts want to see Dominican players hit. Showing a good eye at the plate would not be enough to project future success. Scouts have to have faith that they could handle the bat and “hit their way off the island.” It is impossible to walk off an island, right? Not necessarily.

Gregory Polanco has proved you can hit AND walk off the island. In the last two years, Polanco has walked 96 times and struck out 137 times, impressive numbers for a Dominican hitter and a 22-year-old still considered raw. That equates to an 0.7 BB/K ratio, which is good for current hitters. The Pirates’ prized outfield prospect has shown an advanced approach at the plate despite having lower numbers than his breakout season of 2012. Polanco played in three different levels in 2013. This shows the Pirates faith and confidence in his plate sele...

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