Gregory Polanco announced that the Pittsburgh Pirates have called him to join the club tonight against the Chicago Cubs.
The Pirates confirmed the Polanco tweet which might land the wonder kid on the Twitter hot seat. It’s hard to imagine how he could possibly contain his excitement after murdering AAA pitching. We compared him to Barry Bonds, in terms of what he has done in the minors, because it’s obvious that Polanco has done more in a shorter time than Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, and Starling Marte did at the same level. He is Batman.
Unfortunately the Pirates announced that All-Star candidate Neil Walker has been placed on the 15-day disabled list after undergoing an appendectomy. Polanco is the exclamation mark of the improving Pirates minor league system. But it took the outfielder signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2009 a while to show his ability as he initially struggled in the low minors from 2009 to 2011.
But his 2012 season when he hit .325 with a .910 OPS at Single-A put him on the prospect radar. When he went out in 2013 and showed improvement over three minor league levels, the Pirates knew he was going to be the player scout Rene Gayo envisioned.
We watched Polanco in the 2013 Spring Training. He was still rather slender and looked a bit lost against Major League pitching. We now believe he will put up some solid numbers and by seasons end will be the National League Rookie of the Year.
And that will be the really big exclamation point for the Buccos.
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