Polanco Debuts to Warm Reception, Lukewarm Start
Jun11

Polanco Debuts to Warm Reception, Lukewarm Start

Pirates fans’ spirits would have been lifted if Gregory Polanco threw out a Cubs baserunner at home plate, swiped a base or two, or… I don’t know… hit a baseball into orbit. None of those happened, and that last one has probably never happened. Instead, Polanco ended his Major League debut 1-for-5, striking out once and scoring on Andrew McCutchen’s 3rd-inning home run. It was a regular-sized box score...

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Prospect Watch: Josh Bell Homers, Lots of Poor Pitching in the System
Jun10

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

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Stolmy Pimentel #13). If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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The Five Tools of Gregory Polanco
Jun10

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...

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First Pitch: Gregory Polanco – The Most Anticipated Pirates Prospect Ever, and For Good Reason
Jun10

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

Gregory Polanco might be the most anticipated Pirates prospect ever. He kind of has a bit of an advantage. Any prospect pre-2008 didn’t really have the Twitter hype machine following him, and really, any prospect before 2011 didn’t have the full force of Twitter, with #Free(InsertProspectHere) hashtags, and people watching every single thing the player did. The Pirates have had good prospects since Twitter blew up. They...

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Prospect Watch: Way Down on the Farm, a Defensive Shortstop Shows Offense
Jun10

Prospect Watch: Way Down on the Farm, a Defensive Shortstop Shows Offense

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Stolmy Pimentel #13). If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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Pirates Will Call Up Gregory Polanco Tuesday, Neil Walker Placed on DL
Jun09

Pirates Will Call Up Gregory Polanco Tuesday, Neil Walker Placed on DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced via twitter tonight that Gregory Polanco will be on his way to Pittsburgh tomorrow for Tuesday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Neil Walker was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to an appendectomy on Monday. Polanco will take his place on the roster. For Indianapolis this season, Polanco has a .347/.405/540 slash line in 62 games with seven homers and 15 stolen bases. He was recently...

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