Gregory Polanco is not a prospect who has a lot of flaws in his game. He hits for average, has some power, good plate discipline, has a ton of speed, runs the bases well, and has a strong arm and a ton of range in the outfield. If there's one flaw I saw when watching him during the 2013 season, it was his struggles with running routes.
Polanco covers a ton of ground in the outfield, and does fine going left to right. However, he struggled at times with balls that were hit straight away to center field, and with balls that were hit behind him. A guy with his speed and range shouldn't have any problems going back to the wall to make a catch. So in his final few weeks in Bradenton, manager Frank Kremblas positioned Polanco in shallow center field, forcing him to hustle back to the wall as fast as he could, thus getting used to what he would have to do to make plays that were behind him.
"That helped me a lot," Polanco said. "The first time he moved me very shallow, I was surprised, ...
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