Very projectable body; long and lanky right now; has room to add weight; very athletic with strong legs; his frame projects to hold up through 162-game seasons.
Bradenton Marauders (High A, Pirates)
From what I’ve heard and have seen myself Polanco is a great teammate and enjoys coming to the park every day. There is still a lot risk with his development, but as he continues to mature and receives instruction it’s realistic to see him as an everyday big leaguer able to play any of the three outfield positions
Above average approach at the plate; has a good idea of the strike zone and recognizes off-speed stuff well; his long arms allow good plate coverage; quick hands; swing gets long at times causing him to be late on pitches up in the zone; noted improvement from spring on keeping his head quiet and shortening his stride; will lunge at times on off-speed pitches on the outer half; uses his long arms to generate leverage without much of an uppercut
Natural leverage generates power to all fields; most home run power comes from pulling the ball, but still has enough strength to hit it out to opposite field; as he matures and adds muscle he won’t have to pull as much to produce home runs; it’s evident the power side of his game is still growing
Plus speed in the field and on base; needs work on reading the pitchers move and picking his spots to run; has long strides and gets to top speed quickly; should be a lock for 20 steals; maturing body shouldn’t have a major impact either way so expect him to maintain where he’s at now.
Another area where he has made major improvements; much better at properly aligning himself pre-pitch and getting better reads off the bat; still working on taking better routes to the ball; plus range and moves around well in CF; able to track down gap shots to either side; has the ability to stay in center as he advances. Grade:
Not flashy but above average; very accurate from all fields; maintained his accuracy and release after quick transfers; showed the ability to throw on a line while moving away from his target; consistently able to hit the cutoff.
I first saw him play in the GCL and the strides he’s made really stand out. He still has some raw parts to his game, but things are starting to come together for him. The tools are there for Polanco to continue to produce as he advances through the ranks. I really like how his defense has caught up to his offense. For the first time in a couple of years I can see him staying in CF as long as he continues to work, but a move to a corner isn’t out of the question. Offensively, he stills shows vulnerability to outside off-speed pitches from righties, especially down in the zone. I’d like to see more AB’s against left-handed pitching, but he did a decent job staying in and not bail out when lefties pitched him inside.