Fantasy Pipeline: Gregory Polanco

With George Springer making his MLB debut on Wednesday, expect the floodgates to open over the coming weeks as teams that have been holding their top prospects in the minors to start calling them up to the big leagues. We’ll be taking a look at top prospects in the Fantasy Pipeline so as you’re putting your waiver claims together, don’t forget about these guys.

Gregory Polanco – OF (PIT)

Gregory-PolancoWith the injury of Jose Tabata and the fact that he’s tearing up AAA to the tune of a 1.255 OPS through 11 games. Travis Snider still stands in his way, but I’m sure that Travis Snider is going to remember that he’s Travis Snider sooner rather than later. This could open the door for Polanco to slide into right field for the Pirates. He hasn’t shown elite power, but when you pair his speed and hitting ability with his youth he projects to grow into some pop.

Last season, over 3 levels he hit 12 home runs, had an OPS of .791 and stole 38 bases. As he’s reached the upper level of the minors his stolen base success rate gone down. It fell to 65% at the AA level. So far this season, he’s attempted 3 steals and only been successful once. His stolen base attempts are about the only thing that’s gone wrong for him at AAA in 2014. He has 20 hits in his first 47 plate appearances, six for extra bases. His extra base hits are split evenly with 2 doubles, triples and homers. He’s driven in 11 and scored 9 times. The cherry on the Gregory Polanco sundae is that he’s only struck out 4 times so far this year (8.5%), which tops his K% of 13.6% across 3 levels last year. Douse me with small sample size caveats, but it’s nice to see that improvement already this year.

Polanco is far from a finished product at 22 years old, and has some kinks to work. Soon, he’ll be able to work them out at the major league level.

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