Born: February 6, 2004
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 168
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2021, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
Agent: N/A

Polanco was the Pirates’ top international signing during the 2020-21 signing period, which started January 15 due to the pandemic.  He has a line-drive swing with the potential to hit for power.  His speed and arm are good enough that he has a chance to stick in center field.

DSL:  204/284/338, 157 AB, 6 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 18 BB, 44 K, 6-8 SB

Polanco got off to a rough start in the DSL, with a .440 OPS in July and .582 in August, striking out in a third of his ABs.  He started coming around in September, batting 271/323/458 and cutting the strikeouts down sharply.  He played center exclusively.

R:  250/324/371, 132 AB, 7 2B, 3 HR, 12 BB, 40 K, 7-11 SB

In the FCL, Polanco primarily played center.  His hitting improved some, but he remained very susceptible to breaking balls out of the strike zone.  He seemed to be making a lot of progress in July, when he batted 319/373/511, but he slumped again in August and finished with numbers only a little better than the previous year’s.  Oddly, Polanco had a very large reverse platoon split.  On defense, he made a number of highlight reel catches.

Polanco has considerable ability, but needs to make better contact to tap into it.

2023: Minor League Contract
Signing Bonus: $2,300,000
MiLB Debut: 2021
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2027
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2025
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
January 15, 2021: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.