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25 Gregory Polanco RF
Height/Weight: 6-4/222 | Birthdate: 9/14/1991 | Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DR | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Pittsburgh | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 95/87 | Average Draft Position: 254.04
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Gregory Polanco to get a day off Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said rookie outfielder Gregory Polanco will receive a day off Tuesday against the Diamondbacks. He's started 19 straight games since his promotion in mid-June.

"He's been out there, been through a lot," Hurdle said Sunday, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "A lot of energy had to be spent, not just on the field but with all the other demands. Just the move up, emotionally, as well as just going out and playing the game. So it will be a good time for him to catch his breath, as well."


Gregory Polanco swats first career home run in extras


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco had a career night against the Marlins in extras, belting his first career home run to give his team an 8-6 victory.

Polanco broke a deadlock 6-6 tie with a two-run blast off reliever Mike Dunn in the 13th innings. He added four singles and finished his breakout performance 5 for 7 with three runs scored and two RBI. He is hitting .381 with three RBI in 21 at-bats.

Expectations for Gregory Polanco


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/10/2014) Well ... here we are. After weeks of anticipation, Gregory Polanco is in the big leagues and ready to contribute for the Pirates. So then, what does that mean for your Fantasy team?

I've said before I'm hoping for numbers like the ones Andrew McCutchen put up as a rookie way back in 2009. I'll save you the trouble of looking: He hit .286 with 12 homers, 22 steals and an .836 OPS in 108 games. The Pirates have only 99 games to go, making those totals less likely for Polanco, but if he's as good on a per-game basis, he'll be a must-start in Fantasy the rest of the way.

And again, it's realistic -- a best-case scenario, maybe, but realistic considering Polanco has comparable speed and plate discipline. He was actually better in the minors than McCutchen was prior to his promotion. He still hasn't peaked in terms of power, but clearly, McCutchen hadn't either, and it didn't stop him from wreaking havoc.

Now, it's possible if Polanco stumbles out of the gate and Josh Harrison continues to rake filling in at second base for Neil Walker, the Pirates could send Polanco down for more seasoning whenever Walker is ready to return. But the way most people perceive it, Polanco was overdue for a promotion anyway. The Pirates were just waiting for an opportunity such as this one to pull the trigger.


Gregory Polanco bats second in MLB debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco will hit second in his MLB debut Tuesday against the Cubs. Polanco, who is considered the 10th-best prospect by Baseball America and the 12th-best prospect by MLB.com, was promoted from Triple-A Indianapolis prior to Tuesday's game.

Pirates make Gregory Polanco promotion official


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) The Pirates made it official Tuesday afternoon by announcing they have recalled top outfield prospect Gregory Polanco from Triple-A Indianapolis. Polanco will wear No. 25.

In 62 games for Indianapolis, Polanco hit .347 with a .405 on-base percentage, .540 slugging percentage and .945 OPS. He also had five triples, seven home runs, 17 doubles, 49 RBI, 47 runs, 15 stolen bases, 24 walks and 44 strikeouts.


Gregory Polanco to join Pirates Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) Pirates outfield prospect Gregory Polanco will be promoted to the major-league roster before Tuesday's game, the team announced in a press release.

Polanco, one of the top prospects in baseball, will be taking the roster spot of Neil Walker, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday. Polanco will presumably take over in right field, with outfielder Josh Harrison moving to second base to replace Walker. Polanco has hit .347/.405/.540 with seven home runs, 49 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 248 at-bats with Triple-A Indianapolis.


Report: Gregory Polanco not coming up Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco will not be called up Friday, according to FoxSports.com.

It was reported earlier in the week that Polanco would be promoted Friday, but some conflicting reports came out shortly after that. It's still unclear why the team has decided not to call up Polanco. There's some thought the club wants to be sure he won't qualify as a Super 2, and are willing to be extra cautious. 

Polanco is tearing up the minors, hitting .356/.412/.547 in 236 at-bats.


Get ready, Gregory Polanco owners


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/5/2014) The Pirates did their best Wednesday to deny the flurry of reports that Gregory Polanco will be called up Friday, but try as they might to defuse the hype, this seems like a where-there's-smoke-there's-fire situation to me.

Maybe it won't be Friday exactly, but Polanco's arrival is just around the corner. We're nearing mid-June, which some executives are willing to assume is beyond the Super 2 threshold, and with a .355 batting average, six home runs, 14 stolen bases and a .962 OPS at Triple-A Indianapolis, Polanco doesn't have anything else to prove in the minors.

In fact, his major league readiness is part of what distinguishes him from some of the big-name prospects who have already gotten the call this year. He doesn't strike out at the rate George Springer and Jon Singleton do, and unlike Oscar Taveras, his ability to steal bases should help make up for any potential growing pains.

Polanco's skill set is so well rounded and the risk so minimal that I'd anticipate starting him right away rather than taking a wait-and-see approach in Fantasy, perhaps even in three-outfielder leagues. Numbers like Andrew McCutchen put up in his rookie season are sort of what I have in mind.


Gregory Polanco notches three hits


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Pirates outfield prospect Gregory Polanco isn't fazed by rumors of a possible callup.

After conflicting rumors of Polanco's callup emerged Wednesday, Polanco went out and had another big game. He notched two singles and a double, going 3 for 6. Polanco raised his slash line to .355/.412/.550 over 231 at-bats.


Reports: Pirates not planning to call Gregory Polanco up yet


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Shortly after a FOXSports.com report indicating Pirates top prospect Gregory Polanco was on his way to Pittsburgh, numerous local media outlets are reporting Polanco is not on the verge of a callup.

Initially, it was reported that Polanco would join the team in Pittsburgh Thursday, ahead of a Friday callup. However, both the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review cite team officials saying a callup is not imminent. At this point, no date has been set for his major-league debut, according to the reports. 


Report: Top prospect Gregory Polanco getting the call


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco will make his long-awaited major-league debut Friday, FOXSports.com reports Wednesday.

Citing sources close to the team, the report indicates that Polanco will join the Pirates in Pittsburgh Thursday, and will be officially recalled in time to begin a series against the Brewers Friday.

Polanco, 22, is the organization's top prospect, ranking 10th overall in the league according to Baseball America entering the season. He is hitting .351/.410/.547 in 249 at-bats at Triple-A Indianapolis this season. 


Report: Gregory Polanco likely to get call during next homestand


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2014) The Pirates are expected to call up outfield prospect Gregory Polanco during the next homestand June 6-12, reports SBNation.com. He's hitting .350 with six homers and 46 RBI in 55 games for Triple-A Indianapolis.

Pirates preparing Gregory Polanco for leadoff role


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) The Pirates shifted outfield prospect Gregory Polanco to the leadoff position for Triple-A Indianapolis Saturday to prepare him for an eventual promotion to the majors, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

"As the leadoff hitter, we want him to be the same guy. But being the first one to step in the box and start a game sometimes can be a little bit different," general manager Neal Huntington said. "Hitting after the pitcher sometimes can be a little bit different. Basically we wanted to reintroduce him to the top of the order which is where conceivably he could fit up here."

Huntington added that the team has no specific timetable for Polanco's promotion to the big leagues. The top prospect has hit .348/.411/.556 with six home runs, 45 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 207 at-bats with Indianapolis.


Ranking the most stashable prospects


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/28/2014) With word that Maikel Franco could in fact replace the injured Cody Asche if he gets hot enough at Triple-A Lehigh Valley during the time Asche is sidelined (for more, check out the latest Prospects Report), the Phillies third baseman has officially become one of the most stashable prospects in Fantasy. Of course, by now, that list has become so long that you may need help prioritizing. So here you go.

Gregory Polanco is still No. 1. He's way too good for Triple-A, and even if the Pirates are waiting because of Super 2 concerns, he may be only three weeks away. Oscar Taveras may be only one week away if you buy that the Cardinals plan to promote him for their stretch of seven games in AL parks at the beginning of June. He may not be as prepared for the big leagues as Polanco, but he has arguably more upside.

Jon Singleton is still "on deck" for the Astros and crushing it at Triple-A Oklahoma City. The comes Franco. Andrew Heaney, the top pitcher of choice, edges out Joc Pederson, who seems like a long shot for a promotion even with Carl Crawford's ankle injury.

Boom! End of list. Now, go make us proud.


Hitting coach: Gregory Polanco needs work defensively


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Indianapolis hitting coach Mike Pagliarulo believes that Pirates stud outfield prospect Gregory Polanco needs more seasoning as a defender in Triple-A before a promotion to Pittsburgh.

Polanco leads the International League in batting average (.373), on-base percentage (.440), triples (five) and runs scored (28.). Some have speculated that the Pirates have kept him in the minors to prevent his arbitration clock from starting. But Pagliarulo has another explanation.

"There are lots of things we need to work on," he told MiLB.com. "He's still improving on defense. He hasn't seen balls hit at him this hard. He's learning to play balls right."

Pirates right fielders have struggled at the plate this season, fueling the fire for those calling for Polanco to be promoted.


Report: Friday promotion won't be Gregory Polanco


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2014) The Pirates will call up a position player before the game Friday against St. Louis, but it will not be stud outfield prospect Gregory Polanco, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

A promotion before mid-June would allow Polanco to qualify for Super 2 status, provide him an extra year of salary arbitration and spur a ticking clock toward his free agency eligibility.

The struggles of Pirates right fielders, however, have many calling for Polanco to be called up. He is batting .395 at Triple-A Indianapolis.


Scout offers take on Gregory Polanco


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) While it appears Pirates outfield prospect Gregory Polanco is ready for the majors, he continues to toil at Triple-A Indianapolis. 

It's mostly a guessing game as to why Pittsburgh is waiting to promote the highly touted outfield prospect, and one scout gave his opinion to baseball analyst Danny Knobler about the reasons Polanco remains in the minors despite batting .392 with a .608 slugging percentage and 1.051 OPS in 30 games.

"He needs more time with offspeed pitches and right-field angles, but he's close," the scout said.


Report: Gregory Polanco recently rejected seven-year offer


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2014) Pirates outfield prospect Gregory Polanco was recently offered a seven-year deal worth a little bit less than $25 million guaranteed that included three club options but turned it down, Yahoo! Sports reports.

If Polanco would have accepted the deal, it would be reasonable to assume he would be in the majors this very moment, with the team having no reason to delay the beginning of the service-time clock any longer. As it is, he remains with Triple-A Indianapolis.


Pirates in no rush to bring up Gregory Polanco


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) Pirates premier right field prospect Gregory Polanco could make his major league debut soon, but many wonder why he hasn't yet. He is, after all, batting .400 with a .632 slugging percentage in 105 at-bats against Triple-A competition.

The struggles of current Pittsburgh players such as Jose Tabata and Travis Snider at that position have prompted calls for Polanco to be promoted. Pirates right fielders rank 26th in the majors with a .568 OPS. But the team is biding its time.

"Our evaluation of a player's readiness mentally, physically, fundamentally and personally to compete and thrive is what drives the decision to call that player up or not," general manager Neal Huntington wrote to ESPN.com. "We will look to bring Gregory Polanco up to the major league level when we believe he meets that criteria, not because we have a need."


Gregory Polanco continues to mash in minors


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Outfielder Gregory Polanco is raking at Triple-A Indianapolis like he's destined for a promotion by the Pirates. He has yet to debut at the major league level.

The 22-year-old Polanco has at least two hits in six of his last 10 games. He slammed three hits, including a home run, scored three and drove in four on Tuesday.

Polanco owns an impressive stat line of .419/.456/.649. He has 20 RBI in 74 at-bats with just 10 strikeouts.


Pirates option Gregory Polanco to Triple-A


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2014) The Pirates have optioned outfielder Gregory Polanco to Triple-A, according to ESPN.

Polanco is considered one of the team's top prospects, and should make his major-league debut at some point this year. Polanco hit .285/.356/.434 over three levels last season. Reliever Duke Welker was also sent down.


Pirates add Gregory Polanco, three others to 40-man roster


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2013) The Pirates added outfielder Gregory Polanco, infielder Alen Hanson and pitchers Joely Rodriguez and Casey Sadler to the team's 40-man roster Wednesday.

Polanco, who ranks No. 1 on Baseball America's list of top Pirates prospects, hit .285/.356/.434 with 12 home runs, 71 RBI and 38 stolen bases in 470 at-bats across three levels last season. Hanson hit .274/.329/.427 with eight home runs, 58 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 504 at-bats between high Class A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona.

Rodriguez went 9-8 with a 2.70 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 101:39 K:BB ratio in 140 innings over 26 starts between Class A West Virginia and high Class A Bradenton. Sadler went 11-7 with a 3.31 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 67:42 K:BB ratio in 130 1/3 innings over 23 starts with Double-A Altoona.


Gregory Polanco having some struggles following promotion


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2013) Pirates outfield prospect Gregory Polanco has slowed down a bit offensively since his promotion from high Class A Bradenton to Double-A Altoona. After batting .312 with a .472 slugging percentage and .836 OPS in 57 games for Bradenton, Polanco is batting .275 with a .396 slugging percentage and .758 OPS in 24 games for Altoona.

Polanco has one triple, two home runs, three doubles, 13 runs and 19 RBI since his promotion. He also has four stolen bases after totaling 24 with Bradenton.


Gregory Polanco promoted to Double-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2013) The Pirates have promoted outfield prospect Gregory Polanco to Double-A Altoona, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Polanco hit .312/.364/.472 with six home runs, 30 RBI, 29 runs and 24 stolen bases in 218 at-bats with Class A Bradenton. He was named the 51st-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America this offseason after hitting .325/.388/.522 with 16 home runs and 40 steals in 437 at-bats with Class A West Virginia in 2012.


Gregory Polanco having no problems in high Class A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2013) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco homered for the second time in nine games Sunday for Class A Bradenton. Polanco has three home runs in 29 games.

Polanco is off to a great start, batting .321 with a .486 slugging percentage and .863 OPS. He also has nine doubles, 10 stolen bases, 14 runs and 16 RBI. Polanco is considered the Pirates' fourth-best prospect by MLB.com.