Gregory Polanco

Gregory Polanco Named International League Player of the Week

Gregory Polanco has won his second International League Player of the Week award and it’s tough to imagine there was much competition for this one. In six games, he hit .591 with six extra-base hits, drove in nine runs and drew four walks, plus stole two bases. He won his first Player of the Week award during the first full week of the season.

On the year, Polanco is hitting .389/.453/.623 and leads the International League in runs scored, hits, triples, RBIs, total bases, OBP, slugging percentage and batting average.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • Scott Kliesen

    Pay that man his money! And bring him up to Pittsburgh so he can win rookie of the year while resuscitating the Pirates season! Sounds crazy, but dude is good enough to make it happen!

  • piraddict

    What, he doesn’t lead the league in doubles or homers? Slacker!

    • John Dreker

      I did leave out extra-base hits, so he is just spreading them out better than most

  • Monkshot

    Please just pay him and call him up.

    • leowalter

      ” Please pay him ” just how much ? Is anywhere near $ 10 to 20 million too much for about 3 weeks work ?

      • Monkshot

        I’m talking about extending him now jag.

        • leowalter

          Ok. I see how this works. You make a statement,I ask you a question about it. And then you get all defensive and get your a$$ up.

          • Monkshot

            I apologize.

  • freddylang

    Just him at the top of a lineup and getting on base will make the lineup better. He doesn’t even have to dominate. He can have a .350 obp and .750 or so OPS and waste a lot of pitches along with Walker at the top of the order and help Cutch get pitched around less. That’s all I ask of him this season along with great defense. …and with the AAA numbers I don’t see how he won’t at least do that.

  • freddylang

    He may win the International league MVP playing there for 10 weeks at the rate he’s going. All the stats are mind-boggling but the two I love is the .379 vs LHP and .327 when he gets behind in the count. .327!!!!!

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