Prospect Highlights: Homers From Gregory Polanco and JaCoby Jones

In yesterday’s Indianapolis game, Gregory Polanco hit his fifth homer of the season. He had two hits in the game, including his tenth double and he also drew a walk. Polanco leads all Pittsburgh Pirates minor league players with 19 extra base hits and a 1.015 OPS.

From Sunday’s West Virginia game, JaCoby Jones hits a solo homer over the Greenville Monster in left field. He is having a pretty good first full season in the pros, hitting .286/.363/.468 in 36 games. He may also be getting used to playing shortstop everyday. In his first 15 games in the field, he committed seven errors. Jones has just one miscue in his last 13 games. The home run from Jones was his fifth of the season, tops on West Virginia

Back to the Indianapolis game for one final home run. While Matt Hague is no longer considered a prospect, he is known as “The Hit Collector” for a reason. On Monday, they called him The RBI Collector, with five in the game and four on this one swing.

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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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  • Lee Young

    This is why I hope, hope, hope, that the PTBNL is NOT J Jones, but one of our two 2013 lefties, Taylor or Dickson.

    • http://batman-news.com Chris M

      I also hope it’s one of the lefties, but I also saw that there is some speculation that Kozikowski could be the PTNL.. John Harper tweeted that amateur scouts think it is him because the Mets really liked him before the draft, and heavily scouted him.

  • johndw28

    I think that is everyone’s worst fear that Jacoby is the PTBNL. How long do we have to wait to find out- June?

    • stickyweb

      I was just going to ask the same thing, 28. Is it a year after the player is drafted or a year after he signs that he can’t be traded to another team? JJ was drafted June 7 and signed June 27, so it looks like we’ll be in suspense for a while longer. I can’t believe NH would have included him in the trade. I think (hope) it’s one of the pitchers from last year’s draft.

      • John Dreker

        It’s a year after he signs, so once certain dates pass, you’ll know who to cross off the list

  • B Thomas

    I hope its Adam Frazier

    • CalipariFan506

      That’s who I have suspected. He’s a classic Mets prospects. They like guys they can rush.