Pirates Make Gregory Polanco Recall Official

On Tuesday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Pirates officially announced that Gregory Polanco has been recalled from AAA and placed on the active roster. Last night, they placed Neil Walker on the 15-day disabled list after he had an appendectomy. Polanco was the first to break the news of his recall on Twitter last night, followed by the Pirates shortly thereafter announcing that they intended to call him up today. It’s now official, and as Polanco said, “The wait is over”. He will wear uniform #25.

As an interesting side note, tonight is the Pirates charity auction, meaning someone will actually buy Polanco’s jersey from his Major League debut, autographed.

You can view a highlight reel here of top ten plays from Polanco during this year in Indianapolis, showcasing all five tools.

Author: 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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  • Patrick Kelly

    So excited for tonight’s game! As for the auction, I would hope they don’t make him give up his debut jersey for it. A few things that, if I were an MLB’er, I would want to keep would be: debut jersey, first hit (ball), first hit (bat), and debut hat, and so on. But if it does go up on the block, I will probably throw my hat in the ring to win it.

    • Joe Nastasi

      You better be RICH!!!!!!!!

      • Dom DiDominic

        Sounds like you may be bidding v Melancon and Hughes

      • Patrick Kelly

        I gave up once it hit $5k. No kids and disposable income, but no way I could throw down more than that on a jersey.

    • http://www.facebook.com/andy.prough.3 Andy Prough

      Lineup is out on mlb.com now – Polanco batting second, Jay Hay playing 3rd base and leading off, Barmes at 2nd base. Marte is batting 6th. Pedro getting the night off against leftie Travis Wood.

      Here we go!!

  • Nick Rexilius

    That sucks there making him sell his debut jersey! Jerks! Haha

    • John Dreker

      I do feel sort of bad for him for that, but I guess nothing can stop him from being the one that buys it…although Mark Melancon suggested on Twitter that he and Jared Hughes might be the ones that buy it and they have quite a bit more money than Polanco does

      • Nick Rexilius

        Yeah, that’d be nice! A great way to welcome him into the Pirates fam. If he would just sign that extension he’d have enough money to buy it himself! Lol

      • John

        Is the auction before the game, during the game or after the game?

  • sammykhalifa

    Now that’s gonna raise a lot of money . . .

  • http://www.facebook.com/chrishale525 Chris Hale

    Why isn’t anyone talking about us losing our best hitter this year? The pirates are weaker with this switch. I wouldn’t expect Polanco to come in and put up Walker numbers right away and we are losing defense in the IF with this change while gaining it in the OF

    • bucn

      Because cutch isn’t hurt

      • http://www.facebook.com/chrishale525 Chris Hale

        Walker was the best Pirate hitter through April and May. Cutch will be through the rest of the season but he can’t hit if they won’t pitch to him. Walker has been huge and our team isn’t as strong without him Harrison and Polanco or no

        • http://www.facebook.com/chrishale525 Chris Hale

          Walker has also been better with RISP this year His average is better in late/close games as well. Walker had to pick up the slack of Cutch not being pitched to. He should be the # 4 hitter behind Cutch IMO. Especially now that Polanco is here. This would allow you to put Pedro 3rd and Ike 7th where he belongs. Down in the order. Get marte back to his 2012 numbers and you could have Marte Polanco Cutch Walker Alvarez Martin Davis Mercer

    • Andrew

      But what measure has Neil Walker been a better hitter than McCutchen? His lose hurts but you have to hope the Pirates have the depth to overcome it.