Gregory Polanco is attending mini camp in Bradenton

Prospect Highlights: Lead-Off Homer From Gregory Polanco

On Friday night in Syracuse, Gregory Polanco homered to lead-off the game, which turned out to be the only run of the game for the Indians. It was his seventh homer of the season. Polanco has been getting on base a ton in the lead-off spot, a total of 15 times in his seven games at the top. He’s also making amazing contact at the plate, striking out just once in his last 49 plate appearances. He also has 15 stolen bases this year and threw out a runner at the plate in Friday’s game.

As some article filler, here is Matt Hague flexing some muscle again. His 9th homer of the season from Thursday night’s 7-3 loss

Finally, here’s two clips from Drew Maggi, who just might be the Altoona Curve’s MVP so far. He can play all four infield positions, plus the corner outfield spots. He goes a couple days without starting and comes back like he hasn’t missed a beat. Maggi can steal bases and he’s been shuffled all around the lineup. He’s also the only Pirates minor league player, with a significant amount of at-bats, that has more walks than strikeouts(24/22). So for that, we show some love for the under-appreciated utility player. First clip is a bases loaded double…

…followed by an RBI double from Thursday.

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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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  • Jared

    Really wish Maggi had been able to stick at SS. His speed and bat would be something I would welcome. He could be a good leadoff hitter and provide a talented basestealing threat. As a utility player he’s basically JHay.

    This probably should’ve been the first point I addressed: why the hell isn’t Polanco in Pittsburgh? He could be playing RF with Harrison in left and Marte getting rest still. Still crazy he’s not in the burgh.

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

      Yup. With Polanco in Pittsburgh, we could have won by 12 last night instead of only 10. (Just a little humor for a lovely Saturday morning).

      • Jared

        Atbat a has hit Lohse well so last night was an OK play. But Polanco should still be in the Bigs regardless. He’s a top five prospect who is being kept down for…well, no apparent reason.

  • dcproject

    Are the Pirates trying to get a decent return from a possible trade involving Tabata and/or Snider by being seemingly content with keeping Polanco in the minors?

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