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April 28, 2014

Monday Morning Ten Pack

April 28, 2014

by Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff


Dalton Pompey, CF, Blue Jays (High-A Dunedin)
During the offseason, Pompey’s name was in the running for the Jays top 10 list, and after falling short of that distinction he was in the running (but not chosen) to be named a prospect on the rise in that organization. The omission is our mistake—and a foolish one at that—as the 21-year-old outfielder has blossomed into arguably the top position prospect in the Blue Jays organization, a toolsy dream of a player who is finally healthy and putting the pieces together on the field. A relatively unknown 16th-round draft pick in 2010, Pompey has struggled with injuries, most notably a broken hamate bone, but he has always flashed the promise, especially the plus-plus speed (and plus-plus baserunning) and defensive chops in center field. A switch-hitter at present, Pompey is superior from the left side of the plate, with a quick to-the-ball stroke and gap pop. While he’s far from a finished product—the right-side bat can look like a mess, with poor balance and bat control, and the defense in center is still more raw athleticism than crisp reads and routes—the step forward in 2014 is legitimate, and if Pompey can stay healthy, he should reach the Double-A level at some point during the season and emerge as a nationally recognized prospect. –Jason Parks

Gregory Polanco, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates (Triple-A Indianapolis)
The stage was set for Polanco’s very own hype machine to gain tremendous steam at the outset of the 2014 season. If it weren’t enough that Polanco hit .285/.356/.434 across two levels in 2013, including a solid showing as a 21-year old in Double-A, the Pirates outfielder went to the Dominican Winter League and raked. After a .331/.428/.494 line with five home runs and 10 doubles in 44 games, Polanco ranked as the no. 2 prospect in a strong Pirates system. After that, the hype was rolling in and Polanco’s .402 average and 12 extra-base hits in 22 Triple-A games has only continued to build the anticipation for his arrival. Over the last few days, I have asked multiple veteran scouts about Polanco. After explicitly asking them to identify the fatal flaw that could hold Polanco back, each struggled and could come up only with handling same-side breaking balls; each of them even cautioned that this amounted to nitpicking. Polanco has all the tools to be a future star alongside Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen in the Pirates outfield, and at this point, it is becoming difficult to temper expectations ahead of his major league arrival. –Mark Anderson

Joey Gallo, 3B, Rangers (High-A Myrtle Beach)
Gallo’s prodigious raw power has been well documented since he signed with the organization, and the 38 home runs launched in A-ball last year showed that the 20-year-old third baseman knows how to lift the ball. The swing features max extension and a ton of leverage, which serves as the trigger for his huge raw as well as the area of concern for his hit tool. It’s a double-edged sword.

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