On Tuesday morning, Buster Olney continued his rankings of the top players at each position. The Pittsburgh Pirates came up empty in the four infield positions, as well as starting pitchers and relievers, but all three outfielders have now placed in the top ten for their position. Starling Marte was rated as the second best left fielder on Sunday, while Andrew McCutchen was named the fifth best center fielder yesterday. Olney went with right fielders today and Gregory Polanco was ranked as the seventh best in the game.
This is a slight jump in the rankings for Polanco, who was rated as the tenth best right fielder by Olney going into the 2016 season. Olney believes Polanco is just starting to tap into his power, pointing to his increased slugging percentage throughout the 2016 season, a...
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