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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Prospect Highlights: Homers From Gregory Polanco and JaCoby Jones

In yesterday’s Indianapolis game, Gregory Polanco hit his fifth homer of the season. He had two hits in the game, including his tenth double and he also drew a walk. Polanco leads all Pittsburgh Pirates minor league players with 19 extra base hits and a 1.015 OPS.

From Sunday’s West Virginia game, JaCoby Jones hits a solo homer over the Greenville Monster in left field. He is having a pretty good first full season in the pros, hitting .286/.363/.468 in 36 games. He may also be getting used to playing shortstop everyday. In his first 15 games in the field, he committed seven errors. Jones has just one miscue in his last 13 games. The home run from Jones was his fifth of the season, tops on West Virginia

Back to the Indianapolis game for one final home run. While Matt Hague is no longer considered a prospect, he is known as “The Hit Collector” for a reason. On Monday, they called him The RBI Collector, with five in the game and four on this one swing.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

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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B Thomas

I hope its Adam Frazier


That’s who I have suspected. He’s a classic Mets prospects. They like guys they can rush.


I think that is everyone’s worst fear that Jacoby is the PTBNL. How long do we have to wait to find out- June?


I was just going to ask the same thing, 28. Is it a year after the player is drafted or a year after he signs that he can’t be traded to another team? JJ was drafted June 7 and signed June 27, so it looks like we’ll be in suspense for a while longer. I can’t believe NH would have included him in the trade. I think (hope) it’s one of the pitchers from last year’s draft.

Lee Young

This is why I hope, hope, hope, that the PTBNL is NOT J Jones, but one of our two 2013 lefties, Taylor or Dickson.

Chris M

I also hope it’s one of the lefties, but I also saw that there is some speculation that Kozikowski could be the PTNL.. John Harper tweeted that amateur scouts think it is him because the Mets really liked him before the draft, and heavily scouted him.

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