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Birth Date9-14-1991
Height6' 5"
Weight235 lbs
Age27 years, 1 months, 1 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
1.52014
2.82015
3.02016
0.52017
4.62018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2014 PIT 22 89 312 277 50 65 9 0 7 95 30 59 0 2 33 14 5 .235 .307 .343 .245 3.2 10.5 1.5
2015 PIT 23 153 652 593 83 152 35 6 9 226 55 121 1 2 1 52 27 10 .256 .320 .381 .264 15.2 11.2 2.8
2016 PIT 24 144 587 527 79 136 34 4 22 244 53 119 0 6 1 86 17 6 .258 .323 .463 .276 19.6 9.8 3.0
2017 PIT 25 108 411 379 39 95 20 0 11 148 27 60 3 1 0 35 8 1 .251 .305 .391 .248 3.4 1.6 0.5
2018 PIT 26 130 535 461 75 117 32 6 23 230 61 117 3 7 0 81 12 2 .254 .340 .499 .296 29.7 1.3 3.2
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2010 PIR Rk 53 200 .200 .248 .305 .360 .253 .243 104 -11.9 7.2 -2.1 8.2 1.9 -4.8 0.3 -4.8 0.3
2011 SCO A- 3 10 .040 .255 .329 .332 .272 .125 90 -2.4 0.3 -0.1 -0.4 0.0 -2.1 -0.3 -2.1 -0.3
2011 PIR Rk 48 203 .251 .265 .341 .396 .255 .268 117 -2.3 6.4 -1.1 16.2 1.3 4.2 2.0 4.2 2.0
2012 WVA A 116 485 .321 .258 .330 .384 .260 .352 104 32.5 14.3 -0.1 -4.3 5.7 52.4 4.8 52.4 4.8
2012 ESC Wnt 13 36 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .250 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 BRD A+ 57 241 .311 .250 .313 .368 .251 .350 99 13.4 7.1 0.6 0.5 1.3 22.4 2.3 22.4 2.3
2013 ALT AA 68 286 .286 .256 .326 .389 .266 .282 96 7.3 7.6 0.3 9.4 1.7 16.9 2.8 16.9 2.8
2013 IND AAA 2 9 .232 .289 .352 .434 .274 .222 101 -0.3 0.3 0 -0.1 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2014 PIT MLB 89 312 .245 .253 .316 .396 .265 .272 102 -4.3 8.0 -2.9 10.5 2.3 3.2 1.5 3.2 1.5
2014 IND AAA 69 305 .300 .263 .334 .401 .255 .377 104 14 9.1 -3.4 10.8 0.7 20.5 3.1 20.5 3.1
2015 PIT MLB 153 652 .264 .257 .319 .407 .265 .308 98 2.7 17.6 -6.3 11.2 1.3 15.2 2.8 15.2 2.8
2016 PIT MLB 144 587 .276 .254 .322 .411 .266 .291 98 9.7 16.6 -5.7 9.8 -1.0 19.6 3.0 19.6 3.0
2017 PIT MLB 108 411 .248 .250 .323 .417 .263 .272 94 -5.2 12.0 -3.8 1.6 0.5 3.4 0.5 3.4 0.5
2018 PIT MLB 130 535 .296 .245 .314 .401 .261 .287 96 19.5 14.9 -5.4 1.3 0.7 29.7 3.2 29.7 3.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2010 PIR Rk 200 21 38 5 1 3 23 9 41 19 2 .202 .246 .287 .085 .200 -4.8 8.2 0.3
2011 SCO A- 10 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .100 .100 .100 .000 .040 -2.1 -0.4 -0.3
2011 PIR Rk 203 34 40 4 4 3 34 24 33 18 0 .237 .333 .361 .124 .251 4.2 16.2 2.0
2012 WVA A 485 84 142 26 6 16 85 44 64 40 15 .325 .388 .522 .197 .321 52.4 -4.3 4.8
2012 ESC Wnt 36 1 6 2 0 0 1 0 11 1 1 .171 .171 .229 .057 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 BRD A+ 241 29 68 17 0 6 30 16 37 24 4 .312 .364 .472 .161 .311 22.4 0.5 2.3
2013 IND AAA 9 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .222 .222 .222 .000 .232 0.3 -0.1 0.0
2013 ALT AA 286 36 64 13 2 6 41 36 36 13 7 .263 .354 .407 .144 .286 16.9 9.4 2.8
2014 PIT MLB 312 50 65 9 0 7 33 30 59 14 5 .235 .307 .343 .108 .245 3.2 10.5 1.5
2014 IND AAA 305 51 90 17 5 7 51 28 49 16 6 .328 .390 .504 .175 .300 20.5 10.8 3.1
2015 PIT MLB 652 83 152 35 6 9 52 55 121 27 10 .256 .320 .381 .125 .264 15.2 11.2 2.8
2016 PIT MLB 587 79 136 34 4 22 86 53 119 17 6 .258 .323 .463 .205 .276 19.6 9.8 3.0
2017 PIT MLB 411 39 95 20 0 11 35 27 60 8 1 .251 .305 .391 .140 .248 3.4 1.6 0.5
2018 PIT MLB 535 75 117 32 6 23 81 61 117 12 2 .254 .340 .499 .245 .296 29.7 1.3 3.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2014 1270 0.4984 0.4173 0.7566 0.5782 0.2575 0.8443 0.5610 0.2434 597 0.002007
2015 2510 0.4693 0.4382 0.7964 0.6027 0.2928 0.8887 0.6282 0.2036 1167 0.000843
2016 2376 0.4588 0.4613 0.7828 0.6450 0.3056 0.8677 0.6310 0.2172 0 0.000000
2017 1554 0.4640 0.4949 0.8062 0.6727 0.3409 0.9072 0.6338 0.1938 0 0.000000
2018 2207 0.4540 0.4517 0.7603 0.6667 0.2730 0.8368 0.6049 0.2397 0 0.000000
Career99170.46630.45290.78150.63490.29450.86930.6160.2185371.82210.0005

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2023 PIT $
2022 PIT $3,000,000
2021 PIT $11,600,000
2020 PIT $8,600,000
2019 PIT $6,100,000
2018 PIT $4,100,000
2017 PIT $1,600,000
2016 PIT $535,000
2015 PIT $525,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$2,660,000
2018Current$4,100,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$6,760,000
4 yrFuture$29,300,000
8 yrTotal$36,060,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 103 dWasserman Media5 years/$35M (2017-21), 2022-23 options

Details
  • 5 years/$35M (2017-21), plus 2022-23 club option. Signed extension with Pittsburgh 4/5/16. $3M signing bonus. 17:$1M, 18:$3.5M, 19:$5.5M, 20:$8M, 21:$11M, 22:$12.5M club option ($3M buyout), 23:$13.5M club option ($1M buyout). Price of 2022-23 options may increase by $2M each with escalators based on performance.
  • 1 year/$0.535M (2016). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/16.
  • 1 year/$0.525M (2015). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/4/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Contract purchased by Pittsburgh 11/20/13. Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/6/14.
  • Signed by Pittsburgh 2009 as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic. $0.175M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .218 .281 .377 .242
11 vs R (Multi) .265 .330 .439 .277
18 Split (Multi) .048 .050 .062 .036
19 LgAvg (Multi) .020 .029 .071 .031
30 vs L (2016) .245 .312 .469 .280
31 vs R (2016) .261 .325 .462 .275
38 Split (2016) .016 .013 -.008 -.005
39 LgAvg (2016) .020 .028 .073 .031

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2018-04-23 20:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty points league, would you trade Sean Newcomb for Gregory Polanco?
(cracker73 from Florida)
Yeah. Polanco has been unlucky (.200 BABIP), is hitting the ball harder, has more than doubled his walk rate and is putting the ball in the air more (albeit too much). I like Newcomb but Polanco can be great. (Eddy Almaguer)
2018-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Last year, ex prospects Smoak, Morrison, and Alonso delivered....who might be 3 ex prospects who can deliver on their top 50 pedigree this year?
(Chris from Baltimore)
Dylan Bundy's second half points at upside, and his poor ERA wasn't even due to gopheritis but an oddly low strand rate. Gregory Polanco hasn't quite lived up to his prospect hype, but if you chalk up most of his 2017 struggles to his injuries, he may reach 20/20 with a healthy hamstring. Taijuan Walker had flashes of brilliance last year, but his walk rate jumped. If he is more consistent, and with the humidor, he could provide great value. (Kevin Jebens)
2017-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)I just got offered Gregory Polanco for Vlad Jr. straight up in a dynasty league. How many laughing emoji should my reply inculde?
(Colin from San Diego)
All of them. (Nicolas Stellini)
2017-08-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are you doing with Gregory Polanco in a dynasty setting? This season has just been painful.....
(Chansen8895 from San Jose)
Ugh. Polanco has been one of my favorite dynasty targets for the last handful of seasons. He just hasn't been healthy at all this year, so it's been tough to build on what he did last year. I'm worried that he's always going to be a guy that deals with lingering issues. I'm hanging on to him because his value is probably at an all time low right now. (Mark Barry)
2017-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Side A (sending): Gregory Polanco, Seth Beer (NCAA '18), Austin Beck (HS '17). Side B (sending): Eloy Jimenez, Robert Gsellman, Aaron Nola, J.B. Bukauskus (NCAA '17), Kevin Maitan. Keep forever dynasty league (5x5 + OBP, XBH... + QS, HLD). team A has Ozuna for LF, and really need pitching; Team B is loaded with pitching and needs a LF/UT (otherwise J. Upton). Fair deal? [Obviously we can draft players from HS, college, IFA guys (Ohtani, etc.).]
(Michelle from Milwaukee)
I like the deal for Side A if they're looking for pitching. I'm generally higher on Nola and Gsellman than most, and I would feel confident that you're going to get something productive out of at least one of the two. All told, I think it's a pretty fair deal. Most NCAA and HS players are so far away from producing at the major-league level, and there's so much that can happen during their development. You need to consider the impact of those players, but in terms of major league returns I feel good about it for Side A.

Now let me talk to Side B. In the short term, I'm not starting Polanco over Upton unless I really need steals. I know Upton has injury concerns, but he looked more like the player we expected him to be as last season went on. Upton gains even more value given that this is an OBP league. If your plan is to use Upton now and have Polanco for later I could see that, but don't sell him short in the present. (Eric Roseberry)
2017-02-06 23:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty League - I plan on competing this year and need to keep two of the following: Gregory Polanco, Carlos Gonzalez and David Dahl. Who would you keep?
(sorlando from Buffalo)
Depends some on inflation/how long you can keep guys, but for just 2017 I guess I'd keep Polanco and Cargo? I'm not convinced about that, though. Shop Dahl like crazy, he should fetch you something tasty. Shop Cargo too I guess, and if he fetches enough of a higher price, ship him and keep Dahl. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gregory Polanco is turning into a monster...
(Justin from Iowa)
Should of stayed away from radioactive waste.

In all seriousness, I think he's a fantastic example of how folks of all types tend to go hard after the new, cool, prospect, look past a guy who's on a more "normal" development curve, and then get shocked that after a couple of years, it turns out that all the talent evaluators were right all along. Happy to see him doing so well, and if it weren't for the psychic costs, I would definitely say the Pirates should deal McCutchen this offseason. (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-06-16 21:00:00 (link to chat)How good can Gregory Polanco be?
(Tim from Pittsburgh)
How much better do you need him to be? He's a star. (Bret Sayre)
2016-06-21 20:00:00 (link to chat)Gregory Polanco is turning into a beast. Future MVP candidate?
(Jim from Omaha)
Definitely a future MVP candidate. Potentially a 2016 MVP candidate if he steps it up a little bit and nobody else emerges and runs away with it. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-06-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey, just curious if you think Byron Buxton's path to success could look like Gregory Polanco's, pretty underwhelming for a couple years and then a breakout?
(Josh from Nashville)
It's certainly possible. Buxton's just 22 years old and he's missed tons to time to his various injuries. There's no doubt that he's supremely talented, but he's going to take a while due to all that lost time. We'll probably wake up one day in a year or so and realize that he's hitting .280. (Nicolas Stellini)
2016-05-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)What the hell is wrong with Andrew McCutchen right now?
(Bob from Idaho)
Cutch has been swinging and missing more often this year, and he hasn't been hitting the ball as hard when he is making contact. Now, he's Andrew McCutchen, and he did this slow start thing last year too. So the gut says that he'll look more like Andrew MuCutchen sooner rather than later.
Either way, though, buy stock in Gregory Polanco. (Nicolas Stellini)
2016-05-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ken, give me your thoughts on Gregory Polanco.
(Jake from Subway)
Hey Jake...Polanco, simply put, is a very good baseball player. Great glove, hits for average, and steals bases. We'll see if he hits for *this* average all season, though. (Kenny Ducey)
2016-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Is Gregory Polanco a future MVP candidate? He is turning into a monster.
(Jeb from Iowa City)
If the power is legitimaate, I don't see why not. (Mike Gianella)
2016-05-18 19:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think Gregory Polanco becomes? A Marte? A McCutchen? Something better? Something worse?
(Justin from Iowa City)
I don't think he's anything like McCutchen or Marte at all. He's going to walk a ton and if a pitcher makes a mistake, he's going to crush the ball on you. His game reminds me a lot of a guy like Anthony Rizzo but with less raw power. (George Bissell)
2016-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Where do you see the ceiling for the Pittsburgh's Gregory Polanco? It seems like the biggest knocks against him are a low HR/FB% (which seems like it might improve as he adds strength and refines his approach) and difficulties with LHP (though that didn't seem to be as much of a problem in the minors and homering off of Kershaw seems like a good sign). Appreciate it!
(Andrew from MInneapolis)
To me, he still has the ceiling he had as a top prospect: All-Star right fielder with power. FRAA lurrrves his defense, which is very nice, but I think this is the year where he starts leveraging his strength in games just a bit more. PECOTA gives him a 51% Improve rate, which is a very nice sign. (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-03-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Okay, here's another guy you may have seen in the backfields: Pedro Gonzalez from the Rockies. Have you gotten a look at him? I know he was DSL last year, but I've read too many articles with a Machado comp in there to not be intrigued about him as a prospect, even if it's just a remark about the body-type.
(Steve from Philly)
I have gotten a look at him, though I wouldn't say it is a Machado body type. It's a beanpole 6'5 body type that oozes athleticism, though he kind of looks like a baby deer right now. It's closer to a young Gregory Polanco.

The athleticism and raw power are massively interesting paired with his size. Similarly, he's eons away from the big leagues and I'm expecting at least another year of complex ball. He needs to get stronger and bring more 'now' offense into games.

He commands your attention, though, just in terms of his raw tools, the gait, and the frame. I can see why they paid him the way they did. Interesting note: I saw him in CF, not at SS. (Adam McInturff)
2016-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you expect Gregory Polanco and Carlos Martinez to make big strides this year?
(Brandon from Connecticut)
No. Another year of figuring out the league for Polanco. Martinez's breakout was 2015; don't wait for another one. (Matthew Trueblood)
2016-01-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)What does the future hold for Austin Meadows? Trade-bait?
(Otto from Pit)
I wouldn't necessarily assume that. We don't have a firm grasp on what Gregory Polanco is, the Pirates never have a ton of money to spend, so it's possible they shed one of their more expensive (if still cheap) outfielders down the line for a bigger return. I really like Meadows' profile. (Top 101 Chat with Craig Goldstein)
2015-07-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)When looking at body types of 16 year old IFA's, how do you know (and scouts in general) the difference between two kids that are both 6' 175lbs and what they will grow into?
(Eric from Boston)
It's tough, mainly because we don't KNOW anything, and then organizations are asked to make million dollar decisions based on those guesses. That's why the international market is so hit or miss and more and more teams are taking the quantity over quality approach.

Specifically for body types, however, I look for things like shoulder width, high waist, calves, etc. Guys with narrow shoulders are gong to have trouble putting on upper body weight. Guys with long legs won't need as much strength in their upper bodies to create leverage down the road and have a better overall frame (think Gregory Polanco). A guy with cankles won't be a quick twitch athlete and will have trouble staying up the middle. It's very inexact. (Jeff Moore)
2015-05-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Gregory Polanco having a normal developmental year at the plate? I.e. he's doing great for a 2yr young 20 yr old, but bad for an everyday OF ...
(Pete from PA)
I think it is very normal to struggle for 1000-1500 plate appearances. So that could even go into his 3rd year of development. He will be just fine. (CJ Wittmann)
2015-05-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)In my Yahoo league I am building for next year and thereafter. My roster is Russell Martin, Kendrys Morales, Josh Harrison, Brock Holt, Brett Gardner, Dexter Fowler, Gregory Polanco, Coco Crisp, Carlos Ruiz, Travis Snider, Kyle (and Corey) Seager, Jason Heyward, Carlos Correa, Desmond Jennings, Javier Baez, Matt Harvey, Carlos Martinez, Jimmy Nelson, Edinson Volquez, Jonathan Paplebon, Chris Heston, Noah Syndergaard, Lucas Giolito, Julio Urias, Jose Berrios, Matt Cain and Sean Doolittle. 8 keepers allowed. Comments? Suggestions?
(TimLandry from Montreal Quebec Canada)
Keep Matt Harvey eight times. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-01-08 12:00:00 (link to chat)Whose long term future do you like better: Joc Pederson or Gregory Polanco?
(chaneyhey from St. Louis)
This one is tough, and honestly it's probably a better question for our prospect team. That said, I'll throw my opinion out there and you can take or leave it. Pederson came into 2014 as a tweener guy for me, but he showed that the on base skills and power are for real. He's a solid corner OFer who could play CF in a pinch it seems. Polanco had a rough 2014, but there's real talent in there. That said, it basically comes down to Pederson's OBP skills and Polanco's power for me.

Given that choice... I'm inclined to go with Pederson. Same ceiling I think, but Pederson's floor might be a bit higher. (Jeff Long)
2014-11-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)How committed are the Pirates to Polanco? Where do you see him batting in lineup and what is your prediction on a HR/SB line?
(allangustafson from Nordstrom's fitting room)
I think the Pirates are "all in" with Gregory Polanco. There is still growth left with him, but the underlying tools are still first-division talent. At some point, a team needs to just let a player take their lumps at the highest level, and that's the process the Pirates are currently in. Polanco has natural bat to ball ability, but he's still learning how to identify quality sequencing and more consistent stuff in the majors. You go from seeing Joe Schmoe minor league veteran that tosses 88-91 with good pitchability every other night to a combo of Michael Wacha/Adam Wainwright in consecutive nights. It can take time to develop production levels adequate for the majors, but I think Polanco has the package necessary. (Tucker Blair)
2014-12-11 18:00:00 (link to chat)Have heard a ton of hype around Raimel Tapia, and rightfully so. Pretty solid year this past season. Do you think this is the season we see the power start to emerge? If everything goes as planned, how many HR's do you think he'd be capable of hitting in an MLB season in his prime? He seems to remind me of Gregory Polanco from what I hear, but I haven't been able to see him play. Accurate player comparison or not? Sort of stat comparing here, so probably not the best thing to do, but they seem similar. Anyway, thanks Mark and have a good day dude.
(Anthony from Bronx)
I actually think 2015 might still be a year too early on the power front for Tapia. I believe we're going to see above-average pop from him at his peak, but the natural hitting ability is going to carry the load for a while here, and that power isn't likely to manifest for another 18-24 months, in my opinion. I don't see the Polanco comp, very different offensive players for me, with different natural gifts. (Mark Anderson)
2014-10-20 16:00:00 (link to chat)Gregory Polanco 290 25/35 85, 85 in 2015 sound about right?
(Dragonbreath from Gurnee, IL)
Less than that; close to PECOTA's forecast, but maybe a little higher. (Rob Arthur)
2014-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Dee Gordon's likely to be sustained next year, and if so would he be worth keeper over Gregory Polanco?
(Colin from Milwaukee)
He can probably sustain most of it. A few years ago I would have warned against Gordon as a dangerous candidate because of his OBP risk, but with offense down in general I think teams can carry a 300 OBP guy if he's a weapon like Gordon. For Roto, I'd definitely go Gordon over Polanco (in real life I'd obviously rather have Polanco, hands down). (Mike Gianella)
2014-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Anyone coming up in September that you think could have an impact for the last month? I know a lot of names could be up, but do you think any are going to get the daily playing time to make an impact?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Jorge Soler is the guy who leaps off the page. Now that he has been sent down, can I cheat and say Gregory Polanco? (Mike Gianella)
2014-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Long term would you prefer George Springer or Gregory Polanco (fanatsy and real life)?
(Kevin from NJ)
I want Springer in fantasy (this assumes he's going to run a little bit) and Polanco in real life. (Mike Gianella)
2014-07-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)Better young outfield now and in the future. Gregory Polanco, Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte vs. Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich and Gincarlo Stanton?
(Drew from Rockford, IL)
Pirates now, maybe Marlins next year, Pirates after that. Because are we to assume Stanton stays in Miami? Because with five bazillion trade rumors in the last two years, one of 'em's gotta be true. (Matt Sussman)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty league, which side you got? Chris Sale + Kris Bryant + Marcell Ozuna or Gregory Polanco + Anthony Rendon + Christian Yelich
(John Johnson from Wisconsin)
Sale/Bryant/Ozuna on the strength of the first two. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who's your favorite hitter? One that you find yourself rooting for more than others. What about a pitcher? Mine are Gregory Polanco and Sonny Gray. Just wondering if you had any guys that you particularly like.
(Nate from Indy)
This question has been plaguing me all chat, and I'm not sure I have an answer. I love watching Yordano pitch. Short guys with big velo are a soft spot for me. I love Gray too. As a Dodgers fan it's hard for me not to love Puig, but Anthony Rendon might be my favorite at-bat in the league. His hands are so damn good. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-07-07 11:00:00 (link to chat)Is Ramiel Tapia the next Gregory Polanco?
(Scott from Philly)
No. Different physical profiles. (Jason Parks on the Top 50)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who has a better fantasy career, George Springer or Gregory Polanco? In a roto dynasty league with OPS
(hamsterjockey from DC)
Polanco, but I think it will be close in that format. Springer's power will decide in my opinion. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)David Wright, Mike Minor, James Shields, Gregory Polanco for Paul Goldschmidt, George Springer and Dellin Betances. Would you make this move or is it not enough for Goldy?
(Jimbo from LA)
This is bordering on too many moving parts but I think this is fair, unless you suddenly find yourself in need of starting pitchers. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Gregory Polanco hitting in the lead off spot will impact his power production in the short terms? Or perhaps even his overall power development? It seems that hitting lead off could potentially change his in game approach and subsequently impact his power.
(Frank from Pitt)
I doubt it, and I wouldn't worry. Polanco's power hasn't fully developed yet, so leadoff is where he fits best right now, and the Pirates lack a true leadoff hitter, so it's a good pairing. I doubt Polanco is doing anything different in his approach to at-bats right now, however, so I don't think there's any long-term effects. Far too much is made about where hitters hit in the lineup and the way it affects their approach. Just go up there and do what you do best, which I'm sure is what Clint Hurdle told him, and it seems to be working pretty well so far. (Jeff Moore)
2014-06-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi JP, What would it take in prospects for the Pirates to pry David Price away? and do you see the Bucs pulling that trigger given their present place in the standings?
(Sweet Lou from Pittsburgh)
I don't see Pittsburgh making this move whatsoever, but they'd probably work something surrounding Glasnow and Josh Bell. I'm not even sure Tampa would want to make such a deal, as they're not close enough to the bigs. If I'm TB and Pittsburgh came calling, I'd demand Gregory Polanco and stick to it. (J.P. Breen)
2014-05-27 11:30:00 (link to chat)Better in MLB in 2014- Gregory Polanco or Oscar Taveras?
(Shawn from Cubicle)
I'm such a sucker for Taveras. Don't get me wrong, I love Polanco, and he's major league ready right now. If there weren't arb concerns, he'd be up. The bat is going to be impact, too. However, Taveras could come out and hit .300/.400/.500 the second he's a Cardinal. He needs a new challenge. The bat is truly special, and he's got the chance to be one of the best hitters in baseball for a long, long time. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)How good can Gregory Polanco be?
(Mike from Pittsburgh)
This isn't my future brother-in-law Mike is it?

Polanco is going to be very good. Closer to Cutch than Marte, to put it in Pirates terms. (Jeff Moore)
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm looking for a RF for a dynasty league. I have Pence, but I'm looking to get younger. I can probably get Gregory Polanco, but Taveras would be a much bigger get. Is Taveras likely to play RF, or some other OF position? What's the likely playing time scenario for both he & Polanco?
(Jonah from Redwood)
It wouldn't surprise me if Taveras plays some center field when he arrives. Unless the Cardinals find a new position for Allen Craig (or he or Adams is hurt) I'm not sure how else they'll get them all into the lineup. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Obligatory Gregory Polanco question- just your best, wild guess- is he up before Super 2?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
I don't think so. It's sort of like the Wil Myers situation last year: Yeah, it stinks that they can't bring up their top prospect, but they have to weigh the future, too. How much is four or five weeks of Polanco worth to that team as it stands? (R.J. Anderson)
2014-05-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)How good can Gregory Polanco be?
(Steve from New Mexico)
EXCELLENT - a beastly power-speed combo on the level of his teammate in centerfield. Of course, remember that Cutch had to develop the power over time, but the speed and AVG were there immediately. (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)I know that there isn't an exact date, but when is Prospect Christmas, the Super 2 Deadline? Who shall we see in the bigs soon after?
(Chris from MA)
Late May/Early June usually, I believe. I bet you see Gregory Polanco up right around then. Perhaps Archie Bradley too. I would've said Taillon and Sano, but sadface. (Ben Carsley)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)With the Brewers hot start, do you think the Pirates call up Gregory Polanco sooner than Super 2 deadline?
(Shawn from Cubicle)
I don't know that they'd react to another team like that (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you rather have on your fantasy team for this season Gregory Polanco or Oscar Taveras?
(Rob from York, PA)
This year Polanco has surpassed Taveras in our minds; Polanco has the clearer path and fewer concerns about injuries and playing time. (Scoresheet Chat with Ben, Jared, and Ian)
2014-04-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jeff, Thanks for the chat. Two questions. First, who's getting called up next? Second, who are we not talking about that we should be?
(Number27 from Milwaukee, WI)
I was as surprised as anybody that George Springer got called up when he did, though I'd guess it means that they're closer to a contract extension than either side is letting on. I just don't see the Astros giving up the service time like that for the sake of about one win between now and June in what will be another losing season. I'm thrilled he's up, but it doesn't make much sense.

Because of that, I have no idea who's next. Some of the most obvious candidates Javy Baez, Byron Buxton, Taijuan Walker, and Addison Russell for example, have battled injuries. There are some more obvious candidates like Marcus Stroman, Andrew Heaney, Gregory Polanco and others, but I'll bet most teams wait until the super-two deadline has safely passed.

Then again, who saw a Luis Sardinas promotion happening over the weekend? So who knows. (Jeff Moore)
2014-04-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gregory Polanco is hitting .406/.449/.625 in AAA (64 AB's), is there any reason he wouldn't be an immediate upgrade in RF once the Super 2 date passes?
(Dave from Pittsburgh from Boston)
Yeah, Polanco is red hot. Theoretically he should be an immediate upgrade. It doesn't always work that way for prospects, but even if he doesn't hit right away, he should still be about as productive as the Travis Snider/Jose Tabata cluster the Pirates have going on right now, and he's a better defender. (Jeff Moore)
2014-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gregory Polanco - top 20 outfielder by the end of the season?
(Kevin from St Louis)
At the major league level? That's a bit aggressive. (Jason Parks)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)Nick Castellanos or Gregory Polanco?
(The Dude from Couch)
For 2014, Castellanos. Long-term, Polanco. (Bret Sayre)
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kolten Wong, ready to live up to expectations, recieves 500 at bats in St. Louis Gregory Polanco up in the Burgh by mid April? Tyler Glasnow up late this season? Thanks for the chat, regardless if you get to this question, always enjoy the knowledge as you answer any question in general
(Dragonbreath from Gurnee, IL)
Just to break these up a little:

Wong should be fine, but the playing time estimate might be on the optimistic side. It wouldn't shock me if they platoon him with Mark Ellis, at least early on.

I doubt Polanco is up before mid-June. The Pirates have every financial reason to play the Super Two game with him. As with Glasnow, I'd lean toward not this year. You figure Jameson Taillon is in line ahead of him, and likely Nick Kingham as well. Add in some of the other bit arms the Pirates have, and I just don't see a clear path to the majors for him this season. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gregory Polanco - a top 20 of by seasons end?
(Cory from Albany)
In fantasy? Probably. The big question with him is when he'll fulfill his power potential. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-03-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)How soon will Gregory Polanco be called up? Who would you compare his potential to?
(Eddie from California)
Probably depends partly on Tabata's ability to hold the fort. If Polanco waxes AAA, Tabata is meh, and the Pirate offense isn't clicking, we could see GP by May 1st. I think he's going to be similar to Marte with the big speed and solid power. Overall, I like Polanco ahead of Marte in '15 and beyond, but initially they will look quite similar which is great for Pittsburgh! (Paul Sporer)
2014-03-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gregory Polanco - Worth picking up now? when is he called up?
(Ryan from NY)
Really depends on league format, of course. And impossible to know when he'll be called up. Even the prospectiest of prospect mavens don't know, so I don't stand a chance on knowing. :) It all depends on the team situation... performances, injuries. Do a Ctrl-F for Polanco as I discussed him a bit earlier in this chat, too. I'm a fan! (Paul Sporer)
2014-03-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gregory Polanco - a top 20 outfielder by the end of the season?
(Jon from New Jersey)
That's pretty aggressive. We've been spoiled by young standouts of late, but it's still a rarity to take the league by storm like that so I'll say no. I'm a huge fan, though. Been taking him in deeper mixers with a reserve so I don't mind waiting for him as I did with G.Cole last year. (Paul Sporer)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)With the not-so surprising news that both Oscar Taveras and Gregory Polanco start out in the minors, do either amass 250 AB's this season?
(mprzybylo from Fort Myers)
It's a good possibility for both. I don't see Travis Snider or Jose Tabata as a particularly tough obstacle for Polanco and while Taveras seems blocked, he's one of those prospects where the team will find a place for him when he's ready. (Mike Gianella)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)In the same vein as the Springer/Taveras questions-- who are some guys you think will start the year in the minors but would be worth drafting in a 12-team roto keeper league?
(Dave from DC)
If Nick Franklin doesn't get traded and gets optioned, he's an obvious choice. He'll be up at some point and the questions about the glove don't matter as much to us. I mentioned him earlier, but Gregory Polanco is an interesting reserve gamble in this format. Getting guys like this in a 12-team mixed is kind of risky. I know you need keeps, but you're wasting spots sometimes on guys who never make it. Billy Hamilton and Oscar Taveras seemed like great guys like this to gamble on last year and did nothing. Unless they're top of the pops prospects, I tend to avoid these plays in a standard mixer. (Mike Gianella)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for doing the chat, Mauricio. Could you rank these OF based on offensive production five years from now - Christian Yelich, Gregory Polanco, Albert Almora, Clint Frazier, David Dahl.
(Luke from Schenectady)
Yellich - Frazier - Dahl - Almora - Polanco, but I think it's tight. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)So basically I'm in a conundrum. My fantasy league allows you to hold 5 minor leaguers. Background info is that I have one of the strongest teams in the league, with exceptional hitting and very good pitching. The minor leaguers I own so far are Javier Baez, Miguel Sano, and Addison Russell. However I'm unsure of what to do with my last 2 spots. Based on how I know the draft will play out I can go a couple different directions... -Draft Gregory Polanco and Archie Bradley -Draft 2 longer ETA prospects (Frazier, Giolito, Dahl) so I don't have potentially 5 minor leaguers coming up this summer and forcing me to cut 5 guys from my competitive 28 man roster - Draft 2 SPs to balance out my team (Bradley, Giolito, Gray, Syndergaard)
(CharlieWerner from Manayunk PA)
I'd go with Polanco and Bradley followed by Synder, Gio, Gray, Dahl, and Frazier (Paul Sporer)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)I have 5 dynasty league minor league slots, the first 4 are filled by Javier Baez, Miguel Sano, Kris Bryant, and Gregory Polanco. Who should I choose for my last spot between Clint Frazier and Jorge Alfaro?
(CharlieWerner from Manayunk PA)
I have them ranked fairly closely to one another. I'll say Frazier, but barely. (Ben Carsley)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)What do you expect out of Gregory Polanco? Both this season and over the course of his career?
(CharlieWerner from Manayunk PA)
I like Polanco a lot. Potential five-category fantasy contributor who should see the majors in mid-late 2014 and will ascend from there. If we're talking about him as a top-50 fantasy player in his prime I won't be surprised in the least. (Ben Carsley)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Hello, Where would you place Gregory Polanco in with 2013 draftees and free agents like Tanaka and Abreu?
(shakyhands from NJ)
Polanco is behind Tanaka but ahead of Jose Abreu. All that's lacking for Polanco is the power, but even if it doesn't come you're looking at a pretty damn fine player. This is a long term, dynasty answer. This year I'd go Tanaka, Abreu, Polanco. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gregory Polanco tearing up winter ball. Parks seems mixed on him and the hit tool. What do you see and hear from scouts?
(Sean from Gettysburg)
I'm a big fan. I've heard nothing but good things from firsthand accounts, but I have read some of the mixed reviews, too. The speed/avg combo is very appetizing from a fantasy standpoint and if the emerging pop is anything close to real, then look out! (Paul Sporer)
2013-12-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gregory Polanco just won the Dominican League MVP. What kind of player do you see for PIT in the future?
(Terry from Pittsburgh)
I love Polanco. I have visions of Marte/Cutch/Polanco dancing in my head and they're wonderful. I expect him to be a quality regular after a little more time in the minors. (Harry Pavlidis)
2014-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Gregory Polanco ultimately become the regular center or rightfielder for the Bucs?
(Paul from DC)
Does he or should he? He probably should, and is the best center fielder of him, Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte (which is incredibly high praise), but he won't push Cutch out of center anytime soon. That's what winning an MVP will do for you, and Cutch isn't exactly a slouch out there. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Looking for a RF in dynasty: Gregory Polanco and Kris Bryant both available. Preference?
(Jonah from Redwood)
If it needs to be a RF, go with Polanco. If you want the better fantasy player, go Bryant. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jason, Is Gregory Polanco a top 10 prospect? What sort of slash line do you see at his peak? What about counting stats?
(dbrosene from San Mateo, CA)
Not top 10 for me. Case for top 25, but I'm not fully committed to that yet. I like the potential, but I also have some concerns about the swing and the holes that can be exploited by major league quality arms. (Jason Parks)
2013-11-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Just saw some video of Gregory Polanco in the Dominican winter ball league. The dude is huge. Looks like a beast. What are your thoughts on his future?
(Joe from Richmond)
corner outfielder playing every day seems like a reasonable target. He could hit his way to the majors some time in 2014. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)More less LABR settings, thinking of trading one year of $7 Matt Moore and one year of Alex Cobb at $2, for three years of $7 Gregory Polanco. Worth it?
(Roy Munson from 1978 Iowa state bowling champ)
I'd keep the two starters. (Bret Sayre)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Every time I've watched Gregory Polanco play, I can't help but see a young Felix Pie. Polanco seems to have a similar build and Tool set to PIe when he was a prospect. Am I wrong? I hope so...
(Bill from Florida)
I think Polanco has a better feel for the game than Pie did, and this coming from someone that was slow to come on Polanco in 2012. When I saw him at the end of 2012, he surprised with his feel for the game, how well he took to instruction and how well he adjusted to what pitchers were doing against him. Those are not necessarily things Pie did well. That gives Polanco an extreme edge in avoding the same fate as Pie. I'm a believer in Polanco being an impact big leaguer. (Mark Anderson)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)What prospects do you think will have the most helium this offseason?
(Tony from MN)
It may seem odd to say, but Carlos Correa is going to blow up this winter, and by this time next year, he's going to be discussed with Byron Buxton as one of the two or three best prospects in the game. I think you're also going to hear a lot more noise on Gregory Polanco and the potential for him to help in Pittsburgh next year. Those guys are clearly already on the radar and likely not what you were looking for when you wrote the question, but I really believe both will be even more highly regarded on Opening Day than they are right now. (Mark Anderson)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)What comes to mind when I say Gregory Polanco?
(Terry from Lincoln)
I get excited. (Mark Anderson)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gregory Polanco is from the DR yet his plate discipline would even make Billy Beane swoon, what gives? I thought all DR prospects were hackers.
(Dave from Pittsburgh)
Every industry is subject to stereotypes and hard cliches, and the baseball/scouting industry is no different. A lot of those stereotypes center around Latin American players, with long held beliefs like they're all hackers, most of them end up in the bullpen, etc. As bad as it may sound, it is hard to move beyond those sterotypes at times and when a super-talented player like Polanco defies one of those stereotypes, it makes people stand up and take notice. (Mark Anderson)
2013-10-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey JP, thanks for the chat. Who develops more power, Almora or Gregory Polanco?
(Jessica from LA)
Polanco will have more power (Jason Parks)
2013-09-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are Gregory Polanco's main weaknesses?
(Dave from Pittsburgh from Pittsburgh)
The weaknesses aren't glaring in Polanco's game. He is an impressive talent that has made massive strides over the last two years. He is still a little crude in most facets of the game, but that is to be expected as his age. He needs to maintain a short path to the zone, improve his pitch recognition and refine his overall defensive abilities, but those are pretty typical refinemens that most 21-year olds have to make as the reach the upper levels. (Mark Anderson)
2013-09-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, STAR, percentage chance that Gregory Polanco develops into 20/20 player?
(Josh from Pennsylvania )
70% (Jason Parks)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)Keeper lge: rank these please: Gregory polanco, Avisail Garcia
(Minor league guy from Lake villa, IL )
In a keeper league, it's Gregory Polanco and it's not particularly close. Polanco has 25-30 SB potential and could wind up being another Starling Marte for the Pirates. Garcia could be an OK power/speed guy, but I have some questions about what if he's ever going to steal enough for the fantasy side of the equation. Definitely Polanco for me. (Mike Gianella)
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)This was asked to Parks on his chat, but do you prefer Starling Marte or Gregory Polanco (aside from the fact Marte is already in MLB)?
(The Dude from Office)
I'll go on the opposite end for this. I prefer Gregory Polanco. I think that Polanco has the potential to be an All-Star Level player. (Zach Mortimer)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Recently read that Gregory Polanco could develop more power than Oscar Taveras. How do they compare?
(Jimmy from St Louis)
No. I don't think Polanco is in that league. Taveras has crazy raw power and the type of hit tool to let it all come to play. (Jason Parks)
2013-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gregory Polanco sneak into top 5 next year?
(eric from philly)
Highly unlikely. (Jason Parks on the Midseason Top 50 Prospects)
2013-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are there any players who have basically come out of no where this year to the point where they are a top 50 type prospect? For example someone like Gregory Polanco last year.
(petelunchbox from Handsome City)
You could say perhaps Raul Adalberto Mondesi, coming off his short-season resume last season. Sonny Gray has done a very nice job of reclaiming his prospect status (if not even surpassing it out of college). (Jason Cole)
2013-05-22 18:00:00 (link to chat)Gregory Polanco has been tearing up the FSL. Must add in all keeper leagues?
(MickeyRivers from Philadelphia)
I have him in my NL keeper league. Bright future (Jason Collette)
2013-05-22 18:00:00 (link to chat)Another guy really wants my Minor $11 and Gregory Polanco who would be $10 when activated for 3 yrs. Is Hart $29, Grandal $5 and McCarthy (non-keeper) enough of a return w/ me also adding in my 1st rd pick in yearly prospect draft? Or should I stick to trying to get Romo $11. Needs are saves and power.
(Tom from Boston)
If you need power, trading for a guy that isn't close to returning and another one shaking off rust will not help (Jason Collette)
2013-05-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gregory Polanco - more a dynamic table setter or #3 hitter?
(Ben from PA)
He's going to be better than people realize. The power is going to develop. He could be a middle-of-the-order talent. He's a big time prospect. (Jason Parks)
2013-05-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gregory Polanco have 25 HR potential?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
I think he might. (Jason Parks)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)Gregory Polanco had a nice comboination of HR/SLG with a relatively low K rate. Do you feel that gives him a better than average shot to have good in game power as he moves up the ladder?
(Joe from PA)
I think he's going to hit for power; it might take time, but the swing has power characteristics and he's strong. He's on the way up. (Jason Parks)
2013-03-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank David Dahl, Gregory Polanco, and Alen Hanson in a dynasty league that uses OBP, SLG, HR, RBI, SB+Runs, and a negative category for Total Errors Committed?
(Halo Fan from SoCal)
Hanson, Polanco, Dahl. Dahl has lots of potential, but need to see him hit in full season ball before I get more excited. (Bret Sayre)
2012-12-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)I am TOO a sociopath! Whenever a reporter asked if I did PED's, I accused him of being a racist, and attacking my *children* along with myself. I'm pathologically self-absorbed and dishonest, like Pete Rose. You underestimate what a rotten person I am. Q: Could Gregory Polanco be Trout-lite (i.e. .290 with 20-25 HR, 35 SB's, and average CF defense)?
(Barry Bonds from Not in jail)
I like Barry Bonds. I'd gladly put him on my team. He's an asshole. I get it. He's also one of the greatest baseball players in history. You have to be somewhat pathologically self-absorbed to reach that level.

Polanco will not be Trout-lite. He could develop into a first-division talent, but that's a long way away. (Jason Parks)
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your feelings about Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson? Who has the better chance of reaching his respective ceiling? Also, do you see any other prospects making a jump like that in the Pirates system this coming year?
(Will from Rochester)
Both are legit prospects, although I'm not sold on Hanson at SS. Polanco, on the other hand, I can buy in CF. I'm not sure if I'd rank either player above Josh Bell, who I feel has the highest offensive ceiling of the three. Very close. All three are top ten guys in that system. (Jason Parks)
2012-08-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Gregory Polanco? Seems to be having a breakout season in Low-A. Do the reports match the numbers?
(Steve from Buco Land)
They do, in many ways. He's the kind of toolsy athlete you look for in a Low-A outfielder. (Kevin Goldstein)


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