There is no doubt that Gregory Polanco is living up to the hype early in the 2014 season at Triple-A.
While most of the decision to start Polanco in Triple-A was undoubtedly about the Super Two situation and the future cost, there is some value in not throwing him to the wolves right away. He is gaining an enormous amount of confidence feeding on under-matched Triple-A pitching.
Most importantly, Polanco did not look at the demotion out of Spring Training as a detriment. He viewed it as an opportunity to go to Triple-A and refine his game before his eagerly awaited Major League debut. The main goal right now is to tune out all of the noise around him and focus on the job at hand – helping the Pittsburgh Pirates when his time comes.
“The main thing right now is knowing more about the game and how to play the game,” Polanco said. “I am learning about how they are pitching to me. I am learning how to play the game every day.”
Ryan joined Pirates Prospects as the Indianapolis Triple-A writer in 2014. Prior to joining Pirates Prospects, Ryan covered high school, college and professional sports in the Indianapolis area. For more updates throughout the season, follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanpalencer.