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Spring Training Notes: Polanco Sticking With McCutchen and Marte

Spring Training Notes: Polanco Sticking With McCutchen and Marte

At the end of last week I posted a video of Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, and Gregory Polanco taking batting practice together. It was a nice sight to see those three rotating in the batting cages together, since they could eventually make up the best outfield trio in the majors. McCutchen is already an MVP, Marte posted a 4.6 WAR in his first full season, and Polanco looks like an impact talent who should arrive by mid-season 2014.

Polanco is the only player in that group who doesn't project to make the Opening Day roster. The Pirates will send him to Triple-A to work on his hitting against upper level pitchers, get re-acclimated to playing in right field, and of course to keep his service time and Super Two status to the point where they will have him for an extra year of control, and won't have to pay him a fourth year of arbitration. It has been interesting that Polanco has been paired so often with McCutchen, Marte, and the rest of the guys projected to make the Opening Day...

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