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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%: 68/27 | Average Draft Position: 247.84
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Manager liking Gregory Polanco's approach


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2014) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco, who was abruptly sent to the minors Aug. 25, has gotten only six plate appearances since returning Sept. 2 -- all as a reserve. He has three walks in those six appearances, though, and manager Clint Hurdle likes what he's seen.

"There's a lot more than just looking at the result," Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "The fact that he's hung in and battled after taking two strikes is always a good takeaway. He stayed in there, stayed on the pitches. He's always shown a good eye and some discipline."


Pirates add six to expanded roster


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) The Pirates added six players to the active roster Tuesday, as part of their September roster expansion.

The team purchased the contract of infielder Chase d'Arnaud from Triple-A Indianapolis, and recalled pitchers Bobby LaFromboise , John Holdzkom, Jeff Locke and Casey Sadler , as well as outfielder Gregory Polanco from Triple-A.  


Gregory Polanco to be added back to Pirates' roster this week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said outfielder Gregory Polanco will be recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis in time for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals. Polanco has gone 4 for 19 (.211) with four singles, two walks and three strikeouts in five games since being demoted.

"After the four-day layoff where Travis (Snider) was swinging the bat so well and deserved to continue to play, Gregory looked a little rough," Huntington said, per MLB.com. "... Most importantly, he's been out and competing. We look forward to getting him back. If we're going to play October baseball, Gregory Polanco is going to have a hand in that."


Don't be so quick to drop Gregory Polanco


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/25/2014) Fantasy owners were concerned about Gregory Polanco well before Monday's news of his demotion. He had started just one of the team's last four games, replaced by a red-hot Travis Snider.

Of course, most had assumed it was just a short-term switch -- a chance for the Pirates to take advantage of Snider's hot streak and give the slumping Polanco time to clear his head -- and even now, I'm not so convinced it isn't. Getting sent to the minors this time of year isn't the big deal it normally is. Rosters expand in less than a week. Rest assured, he'll be back.

I'm thinking the Pirates just wanted to give Polanco a chance to work through his struggles, but not in a way that might impact their playoff chances. Manager Clint Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette over the weekend they were working with Polanco to fix a few things.

"I think we're trying to show him the fact once his front foot hits, that his hands are set in a position. There's been, I think, a little more movement than necessary with his hands," Hurdle said.

Those changes can't take effect unless he gets a chance to implement them, though. As long as Polanco shows improvement over the next few days at Triple-A, I think the Pirates will switch back to him once Travis Snider cools off. And you'll want to own him in Fantasy when they do. For all his struggles, he has still averaged more Head-to-Head points per game than Khris Davis this year.


Pirates make several roster moves Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) The Pirates announced a few roster moves prior to Monday's game against the Cardinals. The team has recalled and reinstated infielder Clint Barmes from the 15-day disabled list and designated infielder Jayson Nix for assignment. They have also officially selected the contract of outfielder Jose Tabata from Triple-A Indianapolis and optioned outfielder Gregory Polanco to Indianapolis. 

Gregory Polanco optioned to Triple-A


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(8/25/2014) FOXSports.com reports that Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco was sent down to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday. Polanco had been the Pirates' primary right fielder since his June callup, starting 60 games there.

The rookie had recently fallen on hard times, getting just one hit in his last 30 at-bats. He was held out for four consecutive starts, as Travis Snider took over in right field before Polanco got the call to start Sunday's game at the Brewers.

Polanco could return as soon as Sept. 1, when major league rosters expand. He is batting .241 with six home runs, 41 runs scored, 30 RBI and 12 stolen bases.


Travis Snider raking while Gregory Polanco learning


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Travis Snider has continued to take away at-bats from far-more-ballyhooed Pirates rookie Gregory Polanco.

Despite an 0-for-5 night on Friday, Snider has earned the playing time. He owned an 11-game hitting streak previously in which he had six multi-hit games, scored seven runs and rose his batting average from .242 to .277. Polanco, on the other hand, has just one hit in his last 27 at-bats.

"Snider's been torrid," Clift Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Friday. "Thirty-five games left, another day, another opportunity for Polanco to get some work done. The good side of it is when we've  had some time to settle him down a little bit, when he has been back plugged in he's been very fresh and usually shows a lot of improvement."

Hurdle added that he wants Polanco to revert to the swing that proved successful upon his promotion from the minors. He began the season on an 11-game hitting streak that vaulted his average to .365 and allowed him to score 11 runs.

"I think we're trying to show him the fact once his front foot hits, that his hands are set in a position," Hurdle said. "There's been, I think, a little more movement than necessary with his hands. ... Sometimes you don't know whether it's fatigue, whether it's anxiety, whether it's the ptiches, but they're pitching him up a lot more. That's no secret. He's doing a lot more up-chasing than he had done when he first got here."


Gregory Polanco benched Wednesday against southpaw


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) A matchup Wednesday against a left-hander, against whom Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco has struggled mightily, has him out of the lineup.

Polanco has just 12 hits in 77 at-bats against southpaws with a stat line of .156/.l193/.254.


Gregory Polanco hitting over .350 in last 11 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco homered for the first time in 13 games during an 8-2 loss Sunday against the Padres. He finished 2 for 4 with a double.

Polanco gave Pittsburgh an early 2-0 lead with a two-run homer off Tyson Ross in the first inning. It was his sixth home run.

He has hit safely in nine of his last 11 games. He is batting .364 (16 for 44) with one home run, six doubles, eight RBI, eight runs and four stolen bases in that span.


Gregory Polanco drives in four in sinking of Marlins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Pirates rookie Gregory Polanco certainly maximized his two hits Thursday in a rout of Miami. He singled in two runs in the fourth and doubled in two more in the eighth to give him 25 RBI in 201 at-bats this season. It was his second four-RBI game of the year.

Polanco boasts a stat line of .259/.329/.363.


Gregory Polanco hits fifth home run Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco hit his fifth home run Sunday against the Rockies.

In the top of the eighth inning, Polanco took an 84 mph slider out to right for the solo shot. He finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Gregory Polanco enters break amidst slump


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) Pirates rookie outfielder Gregory Polanco secured just one hit in 20 at-bats over his final five games before the All-Star break.

Polanco entered the majors on June 10 amidst much well-deserved fanfare and started out hot over his first handful of games before his offense turned south. He has hit just .187/.307/.280 line while suffering from an unfortunate .237 BABIP. With the 1-for-20 slump, Polanco owns a .260/.352/.346 line with three home runs, 14 RBI and six stolen bases in 127 at-bats.


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.