Gregory Polanco is destroying Triple-A pitching, chopping down the door if you will. Pittsburgh Pirates fans are dying to see the third piece of the outfield puzzle, but the caretakers in right field have something else to say. Those caretakers are of course, Travis Snider and Jose Tabata. Snider and Tabata are having mediocre starts to their seasons with Snider opening some eyes with his OPS numbers, but the Bucs still need more production.
But if production is what the Pirates are seeking, it sure does look like Polanco will provide it. The only question is when. If you heard the Neal Huntington Show Sunday on 93.7 The Fan it won’t be anytime soon.
Huntington said that Polanco still has some time before he’s ready for the show. The Bucs GM provided the analysis that Andrew McCutchen had a large number of plate appearances at Triple A and then had success at the big league level. He also mentioned Neil Walker’s success with extended time in Triple-A. The GM then said Pedro Alvarez spent three months in AAA and has had some ups and downs.
It sure sounded like Huntington thinks there is a direct connection to how much time is spent at Triple A and success in the big leagues.
In other words, Polanco isn’t headed to Pittsburgh anytime soon. So for now, we will just have to devour the MiLB website for highlights of Polanco’s work. (His latest work includes snapping the neck of a lefty)
Last night was Polanco’s 10th multi-hit game, he leads the International League in BA with a .419, and first with 31 hits. The best stat from MiLB is this one: NO Minor Leaguer with as many at-bats as his 74 is hitting at a higher clip.
MiLB Tribe’s Polanco meeting every challenge