Get excited: Top Pirates prospect Gregory Polanco is making his debut tonight
The Pirates signed Gregory Polanco in 2009 -- back when the world was a different place. Jimmy Fallon was starting up a new late night talk show, people were obsessed with Beyonce and the Dodgers had a talented but eccentric outfielder hitting third in the lineup.
But now, it's 2014. And while Polanco was just 17 when he signed with the Pirates as a raw international amateur, he's now 22 and one of the top prospects in the game.
So, Pirates fans, in honor of his ascension to the Majors, we thought we'd give you a little introduction.
Here's how MLBPipeline.com describes Polanco's game:
Let's take a closer look at those five tools, shall we?
Hitting for average:
Through 62 games in Triple-A this season, Polanco managed to hit for a .347 average -- tops in the International League among players playing at least 50 games. Sure, we could show you a few singles, but where's the excitement in that? He's also tied for the league lead in triples, with five:
Hitting for power:
Of course, you don't get a .405 OBP without a little extra talent beyond hitting, and when it comes to speed on the basepaths, Polanco is top-notch. Check him out here, bringing home the tying run on an infield hit:
If you're gonna play alongside reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen, you're gonna have to hold your own in the outfield. Thankfully, Polanco brings an excellent glove to PNC Park:
Because the baddest dude in the league plays in center field, it's likely that Polanco will fit in elsewhere in the outfield -- probably in right, in which case his stellar arm will come in handy quite a bit:
Secondly, his emoji game is top notch:
The wait is over.... My dream has officially come true ⚾? Pittsburgh, see you mañana!!- Gregory Polanco ☕? (@El_Coffee) June 10, 2014
And lastly, Pirates fans, he's just as excited to meet you as you are to see him:
Pirates fans, thanks for being patient with me, you guys are awesome!!!- Gregory Polanco ☕? (@El_Coffee) June 10, 2014