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May 27, 2014

Monday Morning Ten Pack

May 27, 2014

by BP Prospect Staff


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Gregory Polanco, OF, Pirates (Triple-A Indianapolis)
No prospect has more hype around his impending callup than Polanco. The Pirates have defended themselves against accusations of service-time manipulation by saying Polanco hasn’t met on-the-field developmental checkpoints. After viewing Polanco in a two-game sample, it is quite clear that the Pirates’ concern about his major-league preparedness has some foundation in reality. In right field, Polanco showed major rawness in his footwork, tripping over himself multiple times pursuing balls in the gap, and showing improper fundamentals charging grounders, raising up too soon and trying to throw before he received the ball. At the plate, he showed both the good and the bad, displaying the loud contact he is known for but also an extremely fastball-heavy approach that is susceptible to off-speed pitches. The raw tools are certainly there for Polanco, but additional polish is needed in order to make him a consistent threat at the major-league level. –Ethan Purser

Albert Almora, CF, Cubs (High-A Daytona)
After taking in Daytona's series against Bradenton, I came away impressed with Almora—even though he didn't rake like he has lately, there was still plenty to like. At the plate he's patiently aggressive: Almora knows where he wants the ball and when he sees a pitch in his zone he lets his bat eat. The bat speed is above-average and his swing gets into the zone quickly and stays level. There aren’t a lot of moving parts before the swing. His stance is open and sports excellent balance. His hands and head are very quiet throughout the entire swing. His pitch recognition skills are advanced. This kid is able to recognize spin quickly, which allows him to make some very nice in-bat adjustments. Throughout the entire series he only had one bad at-bat, which came against another top prospect, Tyler Glasnow. Almora chased three elevated fastballs at the letters or higher—pitches he had no shot at catching up to. It was rare to see him get that aggressive at pitches out of his zone.

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