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First Pitch: Gregory Polanco – The Most Anticipated Pirates Prospect Ever, and For Good Reason

First Pitch: Gregory Polanco – The Most Anticipated Pirates Prospect Ever, and For Good Reason

Gregory Polanco might be the most anticipated Pirates prospect ever. He kind of has a bit of an advantage. Any prospect pre-2008 didn't really have the Twitter hype machine following him, and really, any prospect before 2011 didn't have the full force of Twitter, with #Free(InsertProspectHere) hashtags, and people watching every single thing the player did.

The Pirates have had good prospects since Twitter blew up. They brought up Starling Marte in 2012. Gerrit Cole came up in 2013. And now, Gregory Polanco.

If Polanco is the most anticipated prospect to come up for the Pirates, then it's not without reason. He might be the most talented prospect the Pirates have seen since Barry Bonds. That's not hyperbole, and it's not meant to be a slight to current star Andrew McCutchen. It's jus...

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