The Five Tools of Gregory Polanco

Gregory Polanco will make his much-anticipated Major League debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight. He is one of the most exciting prospects in baseball because he offers all five tools, leading to a .347/.405/.540 slash line in AAA this year and numerous defensive highlights to his credit. Here is video proof that Gregory Polanco can do it all, field, run, throw, hit for average and hit for power. This is a top ten list of his best highlights from just this season, two for each of the five tools.

The Fielder

This catch going back to the wall.

This shoestring catch.

The Runner

This steal of second, followed by advancing to third on the throw

This uncontested steal of second base

The Thrower

This throw to cut down a runner at home plate

This throw to second base for the 9-6 putout

The Hitter

This two-run triple down the line

This RBI double to the gap

The Power

This three-run homer to right field

This two-run bomb off a lefty

  • Beautiful post. Let the moving pictures tell the story. I look forward to good hi-def MLB cameras on this guy.

  • John…my favorite was when he beat out a routine groundball to second. Even Bill Bratzky wouldn’t have done that!

    • John Dreker
      June 10, 2014 1:41 pm

      I almost used that for speed, plus he had a triple where they showed him running the bases most of the time. Except for the throwing, there were plenty of choices for each group. A few of his good throws were in game highlight reels instead of individual

  • I would like to see a comparison of minor league experience of Dave Parker, Barry Bonds, Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and compare it to major league success.

  • Great idea John, thanks for putting this together. Looks like GP loves the low ball, like so many LH hitters do.

  • Thanks for doing this, I enjoyed watching all of these videos. I’m excited!