SHALIN POLANCO, CENTER FIELDER
|Born: February 6, 2004
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2021, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Polanco was the Pirates’ top international signing during the 2020-21 signing period, which started January 15 due to the pandemic. He has a line-drive swing with the potential to hit for power. His speed and arm are good enough that he has a chance to stick in center field.
Polanco got off to a rough start in the DSL, with a .440 OPS in July and .582 in August, striking out in a third of his ABs. He started coming around in September, batting 271/323/458 and cutting the strikeouts down sharply. He played center exclusively.
In the FCL, Polanco primarily played center. His hitting improved some, but he remained very susceptible to breaking balls out of the strike zone. He seemed to be making a lot of progress in July, when he batted 319/373/511, but he slumped again in August and finished with numbers only a little better than the previous year’s. Oddly, Polanco had a very large reverse platoon split. On defense, he made a number of highlight reel catches.
Polanco has considerable ability, but needs to make better contact to tap into it.
|2023: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: $2,300,000
MiLB Debut: 2021
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2027
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2025
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|January 15, 2021: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.