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First Pitch: Super Two Unfair For Gregory Polanco; MLB Unfair For the Pirates

First Pitch: Super Two Unfair For Gregory Polanco; MLB Unfair For the Pirates

I'm not sure if I can recall a player who has been anticipated as much as Gregory Polanco, at least for the Pittsburgh Pirates. I also don't know if I can recall a Super Two debate as big as the one currently taking place with Polanco. Then again, I didn't cover guys like Wil Myers (June 18th debut), Mike Trout (July 8th debut), Stephen Strasburg (June 8th debut), or other impact prospects over the last few years who were called up to avoid Super Two status.

The Pirates have the perfect storm this year. They are coming off a contending season. Their team is struggling, and the offense has been horrible. One of the big weaknesses is right field. Meanwhile, they have a right field prospect who is showing no weaknesses in Triple-A, and who is only being held back for Super Two reasons. Then there's the fact that the Pirates are still somewhat fresh off their losing streak. So they're still going to be treated like the poorly managed team over that 20 year period, while ignoring how the...

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