On Friday night in Syracuse, Gregory Polanco homered to lead-off the game, which turned out to be the only run of the game for the Indians. It was his seventh homer of the season. Polanco has been getting on base a ton in the lead-off spot, a total of 15 times in his seven games at the top. He’s also making amazing contact at the plate, striking out just once in his last 49 plate appearances. He also has 15 stolen bases this year and threw out a runner at the plate in Friday’s game.
As some article filler, here is Matt Hague flexing some muscle again. His 9th homer of the season from Thursday night’s 7-3 loss
Finally, here’s two clips from Drew Maggi, who just might be the Altoona Curve’s MVP so far. He can play all four infield positions, plus the corner outfield spots. He goes a couple days without starting and comes back like he hasn’t missed a beat. Maggi can steal bases and he’s been shuffled all around the lineup. He’s also the only Pirates minor league player, with a significant amount of at-bats, that has more walks than strikeouts(24/22). So for that, we show some love for the under-appreciated utility player. First clip is a bases loaded double…
…followed by an RBI double from Thursday.
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.