Development is coming quickly for Gregory Polanco
Apr15

Development is coming quickly for Gregory Polanco

Development in the minors There is no doubt that Gregory Polanco is living up to the hype early in the 2014 season at Triple-A. While most of the decision to start Polanco in Triple-A was undoubtedly about the Super Two situation and the future cost, there is some value in not throwing him to the wolves right away. He is gaining an enormous amount of confidence feeding on under-matched Triple-A pitching. Most importantly, Polanco did...

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Top Performers: Gregory Polanco Wasn’t the Only Hitter With a Huge Week
Apr14

Top Performers: Gregory Polanco Wasn’t the Only Hitter With a Huge Week

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level, rather than combining their stats. Notes on the top ten players from the last...

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Gregory Polanco Named the International League Batter of the Week
Apr14

Gregory Polanco Named the International League Batter of the Week

Gregory Polanco has been named the International League Batter of the Week for the week of April 7th – 13th. That’s not a big surprise, as Polanco had a hit in all seven games, going 14-for-28 with a double, two triples, and a home run. He also struck out just twice, and it seemed like he produced a highlight every single day.

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Prospect Highlights: More Speed and Defense From Gregory Polanco
Apr14

Prospect Highlights: More Speed and Defense From Gregory Polanco

Yesterday I joked that this feature would soon have to be re-named “Polanco Highlights”. That’s close to becoming true. Part of the reason Polanco has dominated this highlight feature is because Indianapolis is the only club in the system that has TV and uploads media for each game. But you have to be productive to have a highlight, and Polanco has done just that. He’s got a ten game hitting streak, and...

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Week In Review: Gregory Polanco is On Fire; More Minor League Injuries
Apr14

Week In Review: Gregory Polanco is On Fire; More Minor League Injuries

The second week of the MLB season saw the Pittsburgh Pirates go 2-4, putting them at 6-6 overall at the end of the week. The loss to the Milwaukee Brewers today marks the first time the Pirates have been at .500 since April 19th of last season. They started last year 6-6 as well. The offense struggled this week, leading to a lot of calls for Gregory Polanco to come up. Meanwhile, in the minor leagues, the injuries continued. Here are...

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