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Saturday, December 3, 2022

Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco Strikes Again, Mel Rojas Jr. With Walk-Off Hit

While Indianapolis was on the road in Pawtucket, the highlights posted online were far and few between. Since they left, we have seen some nice videos on Gregory Polanco. On Wednesday, he got the Indians on the board early with an RBI double in the first inning. He just missed a homer, ending up with his ninth double of the season and his league leading 28th RBI. We featured a double the other day from Polanco and the two videos show how he uses the whole field. In yesterday’s video, he showed off his speed by easily swiping second base.

Also from Wednesday, Altoona’s game ended on a walk-off single from Mel Rojas Jr., who homered earlier in the day. Not much of a hit here, just a grounder that gets through into right field, but who doesn’t love a walk-off when your team is on the right side of it?

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When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.


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What am I missing with Hanson? I just get the sense he is overrated not just here about around the scouting world. He hasn’t taken the next step and I know some will say he’s still young. Makes lots of errors. I’m not saying he’s a bust. What I am saying is I don’t know if he has defense to play short stop. And if he plays 2b I can’t really say I see his offense matching Walker’s over the long haul. I just don’t see him as top 50 prospect. Loved Marlon Byrd but still wish we had Herrera.


Honestly- his results definitely don’t match what scouts and Tim see- the last level he was above average was A ball, and even then he was an error machine. I share your concern. Where’s the power? Where’s the walks? Where’s the defense? Where’s the average?

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