The Book on Gregory Polanco
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
Gregory Polanco / OF, PIT
Santo Domingo, DR
10 | 3/11/2014
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (7/28/2014): #16
MLB.com/MiLB.com Season Preview: #13
Scout.com/FOX Sports: #6
Minor League Ball (Sickels): Unranked or n/a
Baseball America 2014: #10
Baseball Prospectus: #24
Total professional at-bats: .
Total professional innings pitched: .
A lithe, athletic outfielder with enough speed to cover big terrain, Pirate outfield prospect Gregory Polanco really took a step into national attention in 2012, showing off a .325/.389/.516 slash line during his first taste of A-ball, a line that included 25 doubles and 15 homers. In 2013, he stepped up all aspects of his game, and while the raw numbers might not look as impressive, those are numbers accrued while rising through three levels of play all in one summer.
At the plate, Polanco is still a bit of a raw swinger, but he makes enough contact to get away with it most of the time, and his natural ability helps him put balls in play that others might foul off or miss altogether. As his skills improve, his talent could propel him into the upper tier of young hitters.
His defense is very sloppy but should come along with the rest of his game, with good raw speed that should help him cover mistakes in the mean time. His arm is not special, but should be enough to handle a corner outfield assignment.
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News and Notes
6/9/2014 by KDaddy
Perhaps a bit desperate to create some positive buzz, the Pittsburgh Pirates are apparently ready to call up their top prospect, outfielder Gregory Polanco, in time for Tuesday's game. Infielder Neil Walker has been placed on the 15-day DL while recovering from an appendectomy, clearing easy space for the move.
4/22/2014 by BallGirl
Gregory Polanco now leads the IL with a .419 average. He's also in the top five in slugging (.623) and OBP (.439) and has notched three homers and three steals in 77 ABs. He's Pittsburgh's top prospect and deserves a place on everyone's must-see lists.