Prospect Highlights:  Speed From Gregory Polanco, Home Run From Mel Rojas Jr.
May08

Prospect Highlights: Speed From Gregory Polanco, Home Run From Mel Rojas Jr.

In yesterday’s highlights, we saw a double to the gap from Gregory Polanco, with him driving the ball the other way. He has great speed, but didn’t have to run hard to make it into second base. With that in mind, here is a little sample of Polanco showing off his speed. In Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Scranton/WB, he had an RBI single in the ninth inning, followed by him stealing second base and making it rather easily....

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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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