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Gregory Polanco makes an uneven major league debut

Jun 11, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

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Gregory Polanco is the Pirates’ top prospect. Last night he made his big league debut. It was OK — he got himself a hit and scored a run — but overall was fairly “meh.” He popped out to shortstop in his first at-bat and lined an 0-1 fastball into left-center field for his first major league hit in the third. He finished 1 for 5. He also had a dubious defensive play, allowing Anthony Rizzo’s long drive to right-center field deflect off the heel of his glove. It was ruled a double and a run scored, but it could’ve been called an error.

Polanco, a 22-year-old from the Dominican Republic, was hitting .347/.405/.540 with seven home runs, 49 RBI, 15 stolen bases, and 47 runs scored over his first 62 games for Triple-A Indianapolis at the time of his promotion. He came to most people’s attention last month when he turned down a seven-year contract offer that would have expedited his promotion, Jon Singleton-style.

But now he’s in the bigs. And, thankfully, one game in the bigs does not a career make. This guys is gonna be good.

  1. denbish - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:34 AM


  2. gdobs227 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    I was there last night. He turned a routine grounder to second into a bang bang play at first. There will be plenty of infield hits to keep his BA and OBP healthy.

  3. asimonetti88 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    It was not a bad debut for a 22 year old. He will continue to grow. There are a lot of exciting young players, it’s always a great time to be a baseball fan, but none more than now.

  4. echech88 - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    It’s crazy how the success of some guys has raised expectations of these stud prospects to come in and wow us from day 1.

    Mike Trout hit .220 in 2011 over his first *40* games.

  5. baberuthslegs - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    I’ve seen plenty of “SuperStars” have worse games.
    Geez Craig.

  6. Francisco (FC) - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    We should change the all-star game. It’s fairly boring now. Let’s make it: Young Talent vs Old Talent. We’ll have a team of the youngest starts in the bigs vs the crafty old veterans. Would make for great fun!

    • paperlions - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      I would love to see this replace the HR derby as an additional exhibition.

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