Pirates are Connected to One of the Top International Outfielders

Ben Badler from Baseball America has an early preview of the 2020-21 international signing period, which begins on July 2nd. He had the Pittsburgh Pirates connected to 16-year-old lefty hitting outfielder Shalin Polanco from the Dominican.

According to Badler, Polanco is expected to receive a bonus in the $2.5M range, which would be the highest international bonus that the Pirates have handed out to a position player. Scouts are very high on the potential in his lefty power bat. The bonus pools haven’t been announced yet, but the Pirates should have somewhere in the $6M range to spend starting on July 2nd.

Badler has a video of Polanco from his instagram account. It’s a bit old (from the summer) and Polanco has filled out some since this video.


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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