Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Gregory Polanco Forcing Bucs Hand
Gregory Polanco is ready and willing to make his MLB debut once that formality of a phone call is made by the Pittsburgh Pirates brain-trust to promote the uber prospect.
The Pirates will try and keep Polanco marinating in Triple A in an attempt to extend their team control and his free agent eligibility however you can’t keep a good man down.
The 22-year old is doing everything in his power to force the Pirates hand while he mans the outfield for the Indianapolis Indians. Polanco is raking batting .406 with 26 hits including 2 home runs, good for a 1.074 OPS.
Once he is promoted, Polanco will form possibly the most magnificent outfield trio in all of baseball joining MVP Andrew McCutchen and speedster Starling Marte. This outfield trio will become a permanent fixture in Pittsburgh for years to come.
Two key factors hinging on the promotion of Polanco are the production of their current right-field tandem of Travis Snider and Jose Tabata who are keeping the corner outfield spot warm for the arrival of the kid. Both players are hitting under .240 but Snider has shown good pop early on blasting 3 home runs.
The second factor will be where the Pirates are in the standings and how much of a contribution or upgrade the 10th best ranked prospect would be to the current corps of players. The Bucs are off to a disappointing start with an 8-11 record which sees them nestled in 4th place in the NL Central.
In 426 career minor league games Polanco compiled a .282 batting average with 440 hits, 36 home runs and 128 stolen bases on his journey to the show.
Nobody knows exactly when, but you can guarantee Polanco will be in a Pirates uniform shagging fly balls at PNC Park sometime in 2014.