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Prospect Highlights: Some Productive Plate Appearances From Tito Polo

Prospect Highlights: Some Productive Plate Appearances From Tito Polo
John Dreker

The other day we posted an article about Tito Polo that was very popular, highlighting the 19-year-old, five-tool outfielder, who is looking like the best player on the GCL Pirates right now. In that article, I mentioned that we would have better videos of him soon, which was a bit presumptuous on my part, because that meant he needed to have a good game at home on a day someone was there shooting video. Well, it didn’t take long for Polo to keep up his end of the bargain.

In Tuesday’s GCL Pirates game, Polo had a single, double, sacrifice fly and a walk. We got video of three of those four plate appearances courtesy of the GCL Pirates fan page, plus an added video below from Tuesday. Polo is hitting .339/.425/.548 through 18 games this year, with three stolen bases and three outfield assists. He is sixth in the GCL in batting, seventh in slugging and fourth in OPS, leading Pirates players in all three categories.

Polo is someone I mentioned often during the Winter League season, as he played in the Colombian Winter League. He was seeing decent playing time, mostly against players with much more experience, including a handful of Major League players. He was in the same outfield as Harold Ramirez, who became a top ten prospect in the Pirates system last year after the season he had in the NYPL. I also got great reports from the DSL last year on Polo, with health concerns the only thing holding him back. Three times last year he missed time with hamstring issues, which he has seemed to overcome between Winter ball and the GCL season. Polo is in tremendous shape and could really blossom into a legit prospect quickly with the skill set he possesses.

Below are three of the quality plate appearances from Tuesday(plus a fourth video), so you can get a better look at Polo, starting with his double in the third inning that scored Cole Tucker.

Sacrifice fly. Pitcher goes heavy with the breaking balls early in this long plate appearance.

The walk.

Fielder’s choice in the 8th inning.


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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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