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First Pitch: A Glimpse at the Future

First Pitch: A Glimpse at the Future

**Earlier today I wrote about Gregory Polanco and some of the defensive adjustments he made last year while he was in Bradenton. Polanco said that adjustment helped him to become a more complete outfielder. Everyone has questions about prospects, even the safe bets like Polanco. For me, Polanco becomes less of a question mark because of his skills in the outfield, and his speed. Those are two skills that translate to every level, and they are skills that will give him value in the majors, no matter how good or bad his bat is. As for the bat, I'm guessing it's going to be really good, based on his advanced approach at the plate. Earlier today Polanco took batting practice with Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte, giving a glimpse of the future.

**The Pirates named Francisco Liriano the Opening Day starter today. I don't keep track of this type of thing, but I can't remember the announcement coming this early. Not that we didn't know Liriano was the top choice for that role. The o...

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