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Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco Strikes Again, Mel Rojas Jr. With Walk-Off Hit

While Indianapolis was on the road in Pawtucket, the highlights posted online were far and few between. Since they left, we have seen some nice videos on Gregory Polanco. On Wednesday, he got the Indians on the board early with an RBI double in the first inning. He just missed a homer, ending up with his ninth double of the season and his league leading 28th RBI. We featured a double the other day from Polanco and the two videos show how he uses the whole field. In yesterday’s video, he showed off his speed by easily swiping second base.

Also from Wednesday, Altoona’s game ended on a walk-off single from Mel Rojas Jr., who homered earlier in the day. Not much of a hit here, just a grounder that gets through into right field, but who doesn’t love a walk-off when your team is on the right side of it?

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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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  • johndw28

    What am I missing with Hanson? I just get the sense he is overrated not just here about around the scouting world. He hasn’t taken the next step and I know some will say he’s still young. Makes lots of errors. I’m not saying he’s a bust. What I am saying is I don’t know if he has defense to play short stop. And if he plays 2b I can’t really say I see his offense matching Walker’s over the long haul. I just don’t see him as top 50 prospect. Loved Marlon Byrd but still wish we had Herrera.

    • Y2JGQ2

      Honestly- his results definitely don’t match what scouts and Tim see- the last level he was above average was A ball, and even then he was an error machine. I share your concern. Where’s the power? Where’s the walks? Where’s the defense? Where’s the average?

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