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Gregory Polanco | Outfielder | #25

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/14/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 230
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / UDFA / PIT
Contract: view contract details
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Gregory Polanco homered and walked as the Pirates edged the Rockies 9-8 in 12 innings Wednesday.
Jordy Mercer doubled Polanco in for the go-ahead run in the 12th. Polanco hasn't quite been a top-tier fantasy outfielder with his two homers and two steals so far, but he's batting .329, he has nine doubles and a remarkable 16 walks in 22 games. The Pirates might have three outfielders gunning for spots on the NL All-Star roster this year. Apr 28 - 2:09 AM

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Gregory Polanco went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored in Thursday's 11-1 romp over the Padres.

It was a total team effort by the Pirate offense, with Polanco one of four hitters to notch a pair of hits. The two doubles give him six for the young season. He would score in the second inning on a Josh Harrison single and in the seventh inning on a bases-loaded walk by Sean Rodriguez. That run-scoring walk capped off an eight-run seventh by the Pirates. In 58 at-bats, the 24-year-old Polanco is hitting a strong .302/.433/.453 with eight RBI, 11 runs scored and a pair of steals. He is still looking for his first home run of the 2016 campaign. Last season, he stung nine of them.
Apr 22 - 12:30 AM

Gregory Polanco went 3-for-5 with an RBI in the Pirates' 7-4 defeat of the Tigers on Monday.

Polanco doubled and scored in the top of the second inning, legged out an infield single in the third inning, and then smacked an RBI double in the fifth. The first two of those hits came against Tigers ace Justin Verlander, who was pounded for seven earned runs on the day. Polanco, 24, is batting .381/.548/.619 through 32 plate appearances this season. He hit sixth again Monday, but the dynamic young outfielder can move up the Pittsburgh lineup quickly if he continues to rake.
Apr 11 - 4:44 PM

Pirates signed OF Gregory Polanco to a five-year, $35 million contract extension.

The deal was reported on Sunday and it's now official. The extension begins in 2017 includes club options for 2022 ($12.5 million) and 2023 ($13.5 million). Per MLB Network's Jon Heyman, Polanco would make a total of $58.5 million if both options are picked up and the deal could max out at $60.5 million if he meets certain contract escalators. The 24-year-old owns a .251/.317/.317 batting line over his first 243 games in the majors and his best days are likely still ahead of him.
Apr 5 - 11:54 AM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Gregory Polanco's five-year contract extension with the Pirates is for $35 million.

Rosenthal also adds that if both club options are exercised in addition, it will run the total value of the contract to more than $60 million. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported earlier Sunday that the two sides had agreed to the deal. Expect an official announcement from the Pirates this week.
Apr 3 - 10:38 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Pirates and outfielder Gregory Polanco have agreed to a five-year contract extension.

The rumored deal also includes two club options, locking the 24-year-old up through his arbitration years and his first two years of free agency. While exact financial terms of the agreement have not been disclosed, Polanco is expected to earn at least $30 million guaranteed. Expect the Pirates to officially announce the deal at some point this week. Polanco looked fantastic in the Pirates' Opening Day victory over the Cardinals on Sunday, going 2-for-3 with scorching off-the-bat velocity and two runs scored.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Apr 3 - 8:48 PM

Gregory Polanco finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the Pirates' defeat of the Cardinals on Sunday.

Polanco appeared fully locked in on a cold Opening Day in Pittsburgh, cranking a leadoff double against Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright in the bottom of the second inning and a single off righty reliever Seth Maness in the bottom of the eighth. That single left Polanco's bat at 112 mph, according to Statcast. He also drew a walk against Wainwright in the fourth. A big breakout season could be coming for the 24-year-old right fielder, who carries a tantalizing amount of raw talent.
Apr 3 - 4:30 PM

Gregory Polanco (shoulder) is in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

Polanco aggravated an old shoulder injury last Friday, but Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said that they anticipate "no restrictions, no reservations." He should be good to go for the start of the season.
Mar 30 - 1:01 PM

Gregory Polanco (shoulder) will start in right field Sunday against the Orioles.

Polanco hurt his shoulder diving for a fly ball Friday against the Red Sox. Apparently the injury will only cost him one game. Polanco hasn't found his stroke yet this spring (.214 AVG in 42 at-bats), but at least he's been active on the base paths with a couple of stolen bases.
Mar 26 - 10:04 PM

Gregory Polanco was scratched from the Pirates starting lineup on Saturday due to right shoulder discomfort.

It's possible that he suffered the injury while diving for a ball in the outfield during Friday's game. It sounds as though he's considered day-to-day and should return to the Pirates lineup early in the week.
Mar 26 - 3:34 PM

Gregory Polanco went 0-for-4 on Sunday and still doesn't have an extra-base hit in 30 at-bats this spring.

The Pirates giving Andrew McCutchen a look in the two hole is good news for their offense, but bad news for Polanco's fantasy value. It looked like he might be the team's No. 2 hitter in between Josh Harrison and McCutchen to start the year. Now, though, it seems that he'll hit in the bottom half of the order.
Mar 20 - 3:54 PM

Gregory Polanco went 3-for-3 at the plate and 1-for-2 stealing bases Friday as the Pirates and Twins played to a 2-2 tie.

One would think that if the Pirates are going to make John Jaso their first baseman, they'd use him and his high OBP in the leadoff spot, too. However, early indications are that he'll hit down in the order. That's great news for Polanco. Josh Harrison is certainly going to hit at the top of the order, whether it's first or second, and if Jaso is down towards the bottom of the group, Polanco is the logical alternative to fill the second spot.
Mar 4 - 5:16 PM

Gregory Polanco said Saturday that he had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left knee after the end of the season.

Polanco noted that the knee injury slowed him down near the end of the 2015 campaign. Even so, the 24-year-old certainly held his own in his first full season at the big league level, slashing .256/.320/.381 with nine homers, 52 RBI and 27 stolen bases. While it doesn't sound like a major issue, knee injuries traditionally have a high level of recurrence, so fantasy owners should at least take it into account when considering the Bucs' outfielder on draft day.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 12:12:00 PM

Gregory Polanco collected the Pirates' lone hit as they were shut out by Jake Arrieta and the Cubs on Sunday night.

Arrieta had retired the first 18 hitters in order before Polanco lined a single to left field leading off the seventh inning. That would wind up being their only base knock on the evening. Polanco made the most of his time on base as well, swiping his 27th base of the season. He's now hitting .254/.318/.377 with nine homers and 49 RBI on the season.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 11:02:00 PM

Gregory Polanco (knee) is not in the Pirates starting lineup on Saturday.

They're continuing to play things cautiously with Polanco who has been battling a left knee injury in recent days. Travis Snider will start in his place against Jason Hammel and the Cubs on Saturday.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 11:02:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
1B1John Jaso
2Jason Rogers
2B1Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Matt Joyce
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3Jon Niese
4Jeff Locke
5Juan Nicasio
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Arquimedes Caminero
4Neftali Feliz
5Jared Hughes
6Cory Luebke
7Kyle Lobstein
8Ryan Vogelsong
9A.J. Schugel
10Rob Scahill