Your Latest “Gregory Polanco is Really Good” Update

Gregory Polanco has had a big off-season in the Dominican Winter Leagues. Now he’s having a huge series in the Dominican League finals. On Monday he showed off his plus speed, beating out a grounder to the second baseman. Forbes to Federal was able to find the video, so you can see just how fast Polanco really is. When I first imagined the play, I imagined something where the second baseman didn’t field the ball cleanly, or had to range to make a tough play. This hit included a high chop, but was right at the second baseman, fielded cleanly, and included a quick release. And Polanco still beat the throw.

As John Dreker wrote in his Winter League update this morning, Polanco followed that with a big home run last night. Imo Kemp provided the following GIF of the monster home run on Twitter.

It’s easy to see why Polanco is the number one prospect in the system, and was given a 3.2 WAR projection by ZiPS, which is typically conservative on prospect predictions.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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