Gregory Polanco is good.
And the Indianapolis Indians aren’t the only ones to take notice.
In an MiLB-equivalent to the excitement surrounding the Dodgers’ “Fernandomania” in 1981, headlines have sprung up in mass about Pirates top prospect and Tribe phenom Polanco. From ESPN to Sports Illustrated, Yahoo! to CBS Sports, the IndyStar to USA Today, the people demand Polanco.
As for Polanco? Well, he demands perfection.
“I have to keep working on things, working on my at-bats, work on running the bases and learning how to be a better baseball player,” Polanco told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I want to use every day to get better.”
Scary thought for a 22-year-old player already leading the International League in average (.400), hits (38), runs (21) and total bases (60).
…Yes, before it’s asked, there’s more.
The “five-tool” prospect also leads the league in RBI (25) and OBP (.457), has hit safely in 19 of 24 games, reached base in all but two of his 24 games and produced multi-hit efforts in half of his 24 contests.
Polanco demands perfection:
And with results like this, it’s no wonder the people demand Polanco:
Plus one “miscellaneous” category where our Twitter account truly shines:
At the center of PolancoMania, the top prospect himself hasn’t made any noise as he rips through IL pitching this season. He’s simply let his performance speak for itself.
Says teammate and 2013 NL All-Star Jeff Locke of Polanco’s skill set: “He is extremely talented. The sky is the limit. And the best thing is, he is very quiet in how he goes about his business, and that goes a long way toward earning respect.
If you have to tell people you are good, you probably aren’t that good, and he doesn’t say a peep, just comes to work every day.”
Might as well, since everyone else is already saying it for you.