First Pitch: Which Hitter Not Named Gregory Polanco Should Come Up?
May08

First Pitch: Which Hitter Not Named Gregory Polanco Should Come Up?

Injuries have been the unfortunate theme for the Pirates’ minor league system this year. Their top pitching prospect, Jameson Taillon, went down for the season with Tommy John surgery. Several other top ten prospects, including Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows, have dealt with injuries this year. Most of the injuries are irrelevant in long-term considerations. For example, Meadows has had some setbacks with his hamstring, but...

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Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco Drives a Double to the Gap
May07

Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco Drives a Double to the Gap

From Monday night, this highlight was posted too late for yesterday’s article, so we present it today. Gregory Polanco hits a double into the left-center field gap to bring home Chris Dickerson in the ninth inning of a 7-6 loss for Indianapolis. The double was the eighth of the season for Polanco. It was also his fourth hit of the game and it raised his batting average at the time to .397, tops in the International League. He...

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First Pitch: Did the Pirates Make Gregory Polanco a Fair Offer?
May07

First Pitch: Did the Pirates Make Gregory Polanco a Fair Offer?

The value of extensions are often distorted by unfair comparisons to free agency. When a guy signs a pre-free agency extension, the reaction is usually that the team got a huge deal, due to the low cost in comparison to the outrageous free agent contracts. Take Andrew McCutchen as an example. That extension — $51.5 M for six years — is seen as a massive value, especially when guys like Jacoby Ellsbury are getting $150 M...

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Pirates Offered Gregory Polanco a Seven Year Contract
May06

Pirates Offered Gregory Polanco a Seven Year Contract

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have offered Gregory Polanco a ten year contract, and that the outfielder rejected the deal. The reported deal would have been seven years with a guarantee of a little less than $25 M, along with three option years.┬áThe seven years would buy out Polanco’s years of control, while the three option years would take care of his first three years of free agency. This...

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Prospect Watch: Four Hits For Gregory Polanco; Tyler Glasnow Shows Better Control
May06

Prospect Watch: Four Hits For Gregory Polanco; Tyler Glasnow Shows Better Control

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 (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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