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Baseball Prospectus Writer Talks Bucs Prospects, Loves Polanco

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) — Baseball Prospectus writer Jason Parks joined The Fan Morning Show Friday to offer an outsider’s evaluation of some of the Pirates’ top prospects.

Parks focuses on national prospects and player development — and one player in particular sticks out in his mind.

He offered effusive praise for outfielder Gregory Polanco.

“I absolutely love Polanco,” Parks said. “I love this player. I love watching this player. There’s so much room to grow here. You have to love the body. You have to love the athleticism. You have to love the bat speed that he brings. I don’t think he’s an up-the-middle guy at the end of the day — I don’ t think he’s a true center fielder at the end of the day, but I think that he’s a really good quarterback that can hit .270, .280-plus and generate 25-plus home runs. I think he’s a monster player at the end of the day. I think there’s a lot of baseball aptitude there.”

He thinks the Bucs would probably be wise to keep Jameson Taillon around.

“He’s definitely a guy that you want to try to develop into that No. 2 type of starter that’s cost-controlled for six years,” Parks said. “Taillon has a very bright future. I would slot him just under a Gerrit Cole when it comes to potential ceiling.”

Parks’ comments on Polanco, Taillon, and some other key Pirates prospects can be heard here:

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