A couple Pittsburgh Pirates prospect highlights from the last two days. The first one is from baseball’s version of the human highlight reel(sorry Dominique Wilkins). Gregory Polanco hits a ball that looks like an easy chopper to first base and he ends up on second base with a double. Watch the highlight for yourself to see him pull that off.
The second one is from Mel Rojas Jr., who reaches down for a ball and puts it down the right field line for a stand-up double. He is hitting .303 with an .833 OPS from the left side, but he is just 3-for-16 with three singles as a righty.
And finally, just for the heck of it, we go back to Polanco from the other night. He rips an opposite field single off Chien-Ming Wang, the two-time 19 game winner in the majors with the Yankees, who now pitches for Louisville.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.