After months of biding their time, the Pittsburgh Pirates finally called up superstar prospect Gregory Polanco last month. The young outfield instantly became a popular fantasy baseball addition, and so far, the young slugger hasn’t disappointed.
In just 27 games, Polanco has scored 21 runs, smacked three home runs, and drove in 13 runs. He has also amassed an incredible .299 batting average to go along with a .385 On Base Percentage. He has lived up to the hype and has quickly climbed to the top of Pittsburgh’s batting order.
Polanco has also been very disciplined at the plate. He has struck out just 22 times through 27 games and has not looked like a rookie inside the batter’s box. He even has an unthinkable 76.3 % contact percentage and the youngster continues to be a difficult out for opposing hitters.
The 22-year-old is the Pittsburgh’s latest star outfielder that also includes reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen and to a lesser extent Starling Marte. Polanco will only get better as he plays more in the big leagues and cement his spot in Pittsburgh’s outfield. He is a true five-tool player, and as much as I detest using such a vague term, this outfielder fits the bill.
Polanco could easily get hot at the plate and finish his rookie campaign with over 20 homers. He will be a locked up for a long time in dynasty leagues this offseason, so this may be the late time to get your hands on Polanco for relatively cheap.