Outfielder Shalin Polanco
The big signing the following off-season was outfielder Shalin Polanco. After two middling seasons in the Dominican Summer League and Florida Complex League, Polanco started to find his footing at A-Ball Bradenton. Polanco was on a hot streak at one point, batting .278/.340/.493 with a .380 wOBA, and 120 wRC+ through his final 164 plate appearances. He clocked in with an 8.5% walk rate, but mediocre 26.2% strikeout rate. But Polanco hit for above-average power, posting a .215 isolated slugging percentage. However, Polanco’s season was cut short in July due to injuries.
Polanco has five tool potential, but he’s still a raw prospect. He has added strength while still showing an above-average ability to run. He may also stick in center field long term. Polanco still has some projectability, which could further add to his power potential. All five of his weapons have the potential to at least be a 50-grade (average). Polanco turns 20 in the first week of February, but the fact he was able to post decent numbers at Bradenton this year before his season was cut short is nothing to scoff at.