First Pitch: How Good Would Gregory Polanco Have to Be to Justify Super Two Status?
Apr13

First Pitch: How Good Would Gregory Polanco Have to Be to Justify Super Two Status?

Gregory Polanco keeps hitting. The top prospect went 4-for-4 tonight with his second home run of the year in just 38 at-bats. On the season he is hitting for a .500 average. It’s only 38 at-bats, so it still falls in the small sample size window, but it’s still impressive. We aren’t yet to the point in the season where a team can call up a prospect while gaining an extra year of control from that player. Teams would...

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Prospect Watch: Four Hits, Including a Homer For Gregory Polanco, Heredia Hurt
Apr12

Prospect Watch: Four Hits, Including a Homer For Gregory Polanco, Heredia Hurt

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Tony Sanchez #11, 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...

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Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco’s Two RBI Infield Single to First Base
Apr12

Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco’s Two RBI Infield Single to First Base

Only one highlight this morning, but it’s a good one. Last night Gregory Polanco had a two RBI infield single to first base, giving the Indians a 6-4 lead in the sixth inning. That ended up being the deciding factor in this game. There are a lot of notable things about this play. First of all, it was a chopper to first base, with Polanco beating the pitcher to the bag. I shouldn’t be impressed at this point by Polanco...

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First Pitch: Why the Pirates Should Wait For Super Two With Gregory Polanco
Apr12

First Pitch: Why the Pirates Should Wait For Super Two With Gregory Polanco

The Super Two subject is never popular with top prospects. It’s a smart practice to keep a player down for just two months, all to avoid an extra year of arbitration. If the player projects to be a star, then that extra two months could be worth $10-15 M over the long run. Nothing that a top prospect could do in his rookie season would be worth $10-15 M in the long run for two months in the short-term. Putting that in...

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Prospect Watch: Two More Hits For Polanco, Kingham With Another Good Start
Apr11

Prospect Watch: Two More Hits For Polanco, Kingham With Another Good Start

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Tony Sanchez #11, 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...

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