An admittedly hyperbolic title. But I wanted to direct everyone's attention to Travis Sawchik's recent blog post over at the Trib's Bucco Blog. Sawchik is a new addition the Trib's Pirate coverage. Thus far it seems like the blog is his primary duty. He's only been writing for the Trib for a few weeks but his work has been excellent so far. We so often are rightly critical of the PG an Trib's Pirate coverage that I wanted to point this out. In any case he related an exchange he had with a scout last week, this bit of info, in addition to Ben Badler's comments in the BA chat is super encouraging:
I was talking to a scout last week about Gregory Polanco, the Pirates No. 4 rated prospect entering the season according to Baseball America. Polanco is shredding the pitcher-friendly Florida State League, batting .389 over his last 10 games.
He’s a 6-foot-4 left-handed hitter with all five tools, including the speed (9 steals) to perhaps stick in center field at the Major League level, though he’ll move to a corner so long as Andrew McCutchen is in center.
I asked the scout this: ‘Is he your Oscar Taveras (the Cardinals hitting star and top-rated bat in the minors)?’ Thinking, no one is Taveras.
Scout: “He has more power”
Scout: “He could be another Dave Parker”
Keep an eye on Polanco, he has some serious helium to his game right now.