Prospect Highlights: More Strong Defense By Gregory Polanco, RBI Hit From Alen Hanson

In yesterday’s highlights, we saw Gregory Polanco make a nice shoestring catch. In last night’s Indianapolis game, he made this nice leaping grab going back towards the wall shown in the video below. We also showed his speed yesterday, with a clip of him stealing third base. This game may have been his last home game in Indianapolis. The team goes on the road now until June 11th and Polanco should be up with the Pittsburgh Pirates shortly before then.

Here is an RBI single from Gregory Polanco, proving he isn’t just all defense and speed the last two days. He’s hit well since moving to the lead-off spot, collecting two hits in each of the three games he’s been at the top. That has led to him scoring five runs in those games, giving him the International League lead with 42 runs scored.

Alen Hanson hits an RBI single, scoring the only run of the day for the Altoona Curve. Hard to believe it, but Hanson led all Pirates minor league players with 22 RBIs in the month of May and he didn’t waste any time picking up his first one in June.

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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Do we know when the Super Two deadline passed or when it was projected to have passed?


Thanks John as always. What was the deal on OscarTaveras? Did he come up before the possible deadline? I know Singleton signed an extension effectively negating it (I think).


I really hope the pirates don’t hold him back longer just to prove a point. By that I mean what they said the other day about him needing seasoning ect.. and it was not because of the super 2 .


The Cardinals move to get Bourjos has not worked and that might have been why Taveras was called up “early”. With JHAY hitting like he is, why hurry rushing GP to RF, unless he is coming up to give Starling Marte time to get himself together? If GP comes up on the 9th he will get .113 years of service at best in 2014, so that 2 years from now he will have 2.113 yrs of service and probably be at least 10 days short of Super Two. What was it this year? Was it 2.119?


Can you send someone down for 10 days to “work on stuff” and have that work in your favor with regards to Super Two?


John: Forgot to add that the Pirates need to move Alen Hanson to AAA now and get him around a more mature group of players. He has the talent, but sometimes his head and his body do not get it together at the same time. I think maturity will help, and a 21 year old around a team that averages about 26 could possibly learn just through osmosis. He is a solid contributor even now, and gets even better when his defense is under control.

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