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

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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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  • 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.

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