7/5/1993 (23 y, 8 m, 25 d) Bats/Throws:
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Reported: 10/7/2014 Risk: 2 ETA: 2016 Team Rank: 7 Positional Rank: NA Overall Rank: NA
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Polanco went 1-for-3 with his third home run of the spring in Friday's win over Tampa Bay. (3/17/2017)
|Profile: Just 23 years old entering 2017, Polanco already has part of three different big league seasons on his resume, making a short five game debut in 2014, and then playing in another four games with the Twins in 2015. With such a limited sample across two seasons, it’s safe to say Polanco’s 270 plate appearances in 2016 represent the best foundation for which to evaluate his future, and that future looks intriguing. The switch-hitting Polanco made solid contact last season (84%) in route to a respectable .282/.332/.424 batting line that indicates he has at least enough talent to control the major league strike zone, and the fact that the Twins also tried the Dominican shortstop at second (five games started) and third base (nine games started) may indicate Polanco could gain value-boosting position versatility in 2017 and beyond, too. Polanco doesn’t have a lot of power, but he actually led all MLB shortstops in line drive percentage (30%), and already shows he can pull the ball effectively (41%), so it wouldn’t be surprising to see just enough pop in 2017 to make Polanco a cheap middle infield source of slightly above average power/speed (think 20 HR+SB). Polanco is currently penciled in as the Twins starting SS, could bat as high as 2nd in the lineup, and could also be a sneaky source of runs scored, so be sure to target him during the later rounds of your draft. (Trey Baughn)|
The Quick Opinion: Polanco was a solid prospect just a few years ago but didn’t really get a chance to show his talents until last season when he logged 69 games (mostly at SS) with the Twins and displayed some promising early batted ball skills. All indications are that he’ll play a much larger role for the Twins offense in 2017 and he could emerge as a valuable middle infield option after the top tier is gone.