MLB In Full Bloom - Gregory Polanco's Big Arrival - 6/10/2014


Many people expected Gregory Polanco to be recalled late last week, but on Friday when the move was expected to be announced the Pittsburgh Pirates there was nothing. Polanco made the announcement Monday that he's headed to Pittsburgh. Polanco will be activated before Tuesday's game, and there's no reason to think he won't be in the starting lineup for the game against the Cubs. This roster move had to happen sooner than Pirates management wanted to due to Neil Walker going on the 15-day disabled list who underwent an appendectomy. Josh Harrison will now play second base and the outfield will consist of Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen, and Polanco. Polanco batted .347 with 7 home runs and 15 stolen bases at Triple-A Indianapolis before the promotion, and he's been batting leadoff in recent days to get a feel for setting the table atop a lineup. Fantasy owners have been drooling over Polanco and have great expectations for the 22-year old outfielder, but the struggles of Oscar Taveras and George Springer need to temper those expectations just a bit. Fantasy owners expecting the next coming of Mike Trout or Yasiel Puig may be disappointed. But the potential is sky high, and Polanco should immediately be owned and started in all leagues.