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VIDEO: Gregory Polanco singles in his second MLB at-bat

Jun 10, 2014, 8:59 PM EDT

Watch as Pirates stud outfield prospect Gregory Polanco slaps a single to left field in his second major league at-bat Tuesday night at PNC Park against Cubs starter Travis Wood

Polanco, a 22-year-old from the Dominican, was officially promoted to the majors on Tuesday after batting .347/.405/.540 with seven home runs, 49 RBI, 15 stolen bases, and 47 runs scored over his first 62 games this season at Triple-A Indianapolis. His single Tuesday was followed by an Andrew McCutchen two-run shot. Polanco turned down a seven-year contract offer from the Bucs in early May that likely would have expedited his promotion, but he’s up now and should be a mainstay in the Pirates’ outfield for a long time.

  1. phillysports1 - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Dominicans Got Talent !

    • aphillieated - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      We don’t have not 1 Dominican hitter in our team. I miss Wilson Valdez.

  2. phillysports1 - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Because the Phillies don’t like to bring good young Dominicans to Philadelphia. As of now we only have Maikel Franco in the minors… They’re Racist you didn’t know ?

  3. stex52 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Good for Polanco to have the self-confidence to turn down the team-friendly deal. If the Pirates want to eat those games that another good hitter might have saved, that is between them and their fans. Every player needs to decide what is best for him.

    At the Astros Altuve and Singleton took the team deal, Springer turned it down. Dominguez is supposed to be considering. I can’t tell them what to do. The worst deal offered will set a kid up for life. But the teams are taking advantage of the situation to get below-market talent. I have no problem when some kid sticks it in their eye.

    And I do have a bit of a problem with teams putting a less-than-best team on the field for future negotiating rights.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      I see your point but I disagree about the “putting a less-than-best team” part. Teams take time to build, and one would argue that this move was in the best long term interests of the team – an extra $10 mil + down the road is HUGE for small market clubs who need to manage payroll closely. It’s easy to say, “bring the guy up,” when you have the deep pockets to not worry about it, but the fact of the matter is that the arrow on this team is still very much pointing upward, and having an extra year of Polanco on the cheap 4 years from now will likely pay bigger dividends than having 20+ games of him in the short term.

  4. auggie1955 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Hey the guy went 1 for 5 and had a fly ball to right center go off the palm of his glove for a double by Rizzo. It was a tough play, but one that should have been made. So why do all the baseball experts race to say how great he was last night?

  5. musketmaniac - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    I agree that a team should not sacrifice today for tomorrow. but that’s not the case in Pittsburgh. Tabata is hitting over .290 and Harrison has been a beast. Polonco may or not be major league ready. I think he is, but 1-5 with an error leaves room for argument.

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