Gregory Polanco played center field on Friday night

The Five Tools of Gregory Polanco

Gregory Polanco will make his much-anticipated Major League debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight. He is one of the most exciting prospects in baseball because he offers all five tools, leading to a .347/.405/.540 slash line in AAA this year and numerous defensive highlights to his credit. Here is video proof that Gregory Polanco can do it all, field, run, throw, hit for average and hit for power. This is a top ten list of his best highlights from just this season, two for each of the five tools.

The Fielder

This catch going back to the wall.

This shoestring catch.

The Runner

This steal of second, followed by advancing to third on the throw

This uncontested steal of second base

The Thrower

This throw to cut down a runner at home plate

This throw to second base for the 9-6 putout

The Hitter

This two-run triple down the line

This RBI double to the gap

The Power

This three-run homer to right field

This two-run bomb off a lefty

Share This Article

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.

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

Next Story »

Prospect Watch: Josh Bell Homers, Lots of Poor Pitching in the System

  • http://@gwbicster gwbicster

    Thanks for doing this, I enjoyed watching all of these videos. I’m excited!

  • stickyweb

    Great idea John, thanks for putting this together. Looks like GP loves the low ball, like so many LH hitters do.

  • wvpirate

    I would like to see a comparison of minor league experience of Dave Parker, Barry Bonds, Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and compare it to major league success.

    • Lee Young

      that’s what baseball reference is for. compare away! :)

  • Lee Young

    John…my favorite was when he beat out a routine groundball to second. Even Bill Bratzky wouldn’t have done that!

    • John Dreker

      I almost used that for speed, plus he had a triple where they showed him running the bases most of the time. Except for the throwing, there were plenty of choices for each group. A few of his good throws were in game highlight reels instead of individual

  • Forbes 66

    Beautiful post. Let the moving pictures tell the story. I look forward to good hi-def MLB cameras on this guy.

Latest Analysis

  • (Photo credit: David Hague)

    Willy Garcia Has Some of the Best Power in the System, But One Thing Holds Him Back

    4 hours ago

    Almost exactly three years ago today, I wrote an article outlining some of the potential international breakout hitters in the lower levels. The article started out by ...

    Read More
  • Jung-ho Kang signing autographs.

    Q&A: Will Jung-ho Kang’s Presence Create Issues in the Pirates Dugout?

    7 hours ago

    Every Friday we run a Q&A with questions that I’ve received throughout the week. You can submit your questions all week by using the Q&A form on the ...

    Read More
  • Austin Meadows

    Austin Meadows Lowered His Hand Position to Add More Power

    1 day ago

    Ever since he was drafted, Austin Meadows was regarded as a prospect with power that you could dream about. He drew comps to Jay Bruce in the ...

    Read More
  • Tarpley Brault

    Will the Snider Trade Result in the Pirates Finally Having a Left-Handed Starting Prospect?

    2 days ago

    Despite adding plenty of pitching through the draft over the last several years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been short on the amount of quality left-handed pitching in their ...

    Read More
  • Connor Joe 2

    Meet Connor Joe: The First Round Pick You Know Nothing About

    2 days ago

    This site is now in its seventh year of existence. For the last four years, I’ve been doing this full-time, allowing me to see every affiliate throughout the year, along ...

    Read More
  • (Photo Credit: David Hague)

    What is the Difference Between Mel Rojas and Keon Broxton?

    3 days ago

    Mel Rojas Jr. was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third round of the 2010 MLB draft. The son of the former big league closer had ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles

    More

    Advertisement