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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Prospect Highlights: RBI Hits From Gregory Polanco, Tony Sanchez and Jaff Decker

Just like yesterday, today’s highlights are all in one video and all about Indianapolis. The best of the highlights from yesterday’s 11-6 Indianapolis win, were the RBI hits from Gregory Polanco, Tony Sanchez and Jaff Decker. The video also includes a strikeout from Jay Jackson and an RBI double from Blake Davis, plus a couple Scranton/WB highlights that unfortunately tagged along.

The RBI single by Gregory Polanco came in the third inning and started the scoring for Indianapolis, bringing home Jaff Decker. Polanco now has 45 RBIs on the season and he is batting .466 with runners in scoring position. Decker has a .901 OPS in his last ten games and he has driven in nine runs over that time. Tony Sanchez has played nine games for Indianapolis and has ten RBIs. That all adds up to a productive top of the lineup.

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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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bucsws2014

With the Cards brining up Taveras, the Super Two deadline might be just a little bit shorter.

Jared

That’s is very true John, however the point in bringing up Tavares is that being that he and Springer are both up now the super two deadline is likely to shrink rather than expand. That means the Pirates could recall Polanco next week and be safe.

Jared

The 9th sounds about right. With Tavares coming up I figured the Bucs would wait a week after he came up to bring up Polanco, which would be the 7th…so, yeah I can get on board with the 9th. I think that the deadline will actually shift backwards not forward. Springer will be Super Two and how early he came up will skew the numbers back towards that May 20th date.

Jared

That’s what the Astros did with Springer. Unfortunately for them, despite his power production, they are paying that $15M for less than 1WAR (0.7). The Pirates, I truly believe, would have gotten more like 1.2-1.5 WAR out of Polanco during the same time frame. Better D, base running, and better overall numbers at the plate beyond power. With Springer and Tavares both up now the Pirates can be safe in bringing up Polanco 7-days from now. The Cards helped the Pirates here I think.

Where do you think Polanco will bat? I presume he’ll bat 4th. Behind Cutch as a lefty…maybe. Hurdle doesn’t like back-to-back similar handed bats. I assume Marte will move to leadoff again.

bucsws2014

I’m waiting for Clint to do what the Reds were doing with Votto – bat Pedro 2nd. Get him more fastballs. I know Clint is unlikely to bat Polanco leadoff, but he probably should. With this lineup it’s the only thing that makes sense. The Pirates have been scoring runs with Marte down in the order. I can’t see Marte being given the leadoff spot again until he gets his act together – and maybe leadoff just isn’t his game period.

On Springer, he started slow but has really picked up the past couple of weeks. I wouldn’t be at all surprised in Polanco starts slow either.

Jared

Ok, who leads off in your lineup?

bucsws2014

As I noted above, I think Polanco should. I just don’t think Clint will do that for fear of Polanco trying to change his game – which Marte failed at.

Jared

They gave him a chance to leadoff tonight in Indy.

bucsws2014

Of course, But it’s one more guy off the board and the likelihood of the Cards sending Taveras back down is fairly low.

I have tickets to the June 9 game vs. Cubs. I’m anticipating that will be GP’s debut (for purely selfish reasons).

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