Polanco continues to make Triple-A look easy
A pair of top Pirates prospects put their talents on full display across two Minor League levels on Saturday night.
Of course, big offensive nights have become the norm for outfielder Gregory Polanco, ranked No. 12 on MLBPipeline's Top 100 Prospects list. Pittsburgh's top prospect went 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored, raising his average to .389, for Triple-A Indianapolis in a 6-5 loss to the Gwinnett Braves.
The Indianapolis Indians' Twitter account reported that Polanco leads all of Triple-A with a 196 wRC+, according to FanGraphs.com, meaning he's created 96 percent more runs for his club than the average Triple-A player.
Meanwhile, Double-A Altoona shortstop Alen Hanson went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, stole two bases and turned four double plays as the Curve beat the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 3-0.
Hanson, the Pirates' No. 5 prospect and No. 58 on MLBPipeline's Top 100 Prospects list, is now batting .273/.309/.448 with four homers, 19 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.
The 21-year-old is on pace to post similar numbers to those from his 2013 campaign, which came on the heels of a breakout '12 season in which he hit .309/.381/.528 with 16 homers and 35 steals for Class A West Virginia.
-- Adam Berry