PITTSBURGH (KDKA0 – One year ago, Gregory Polanco started the baseball season on a Class A minor league team.
Now, the player rated as one of the top ten prospects in baseball is set to make his major league debut with the Pirates.
Baseball scouts talk about having all five tools like Roberto Clemente. He could run. He could throw. He could field. He could hit for power and hit for average.
Tonight, Polanco will debut in front of the Clemente Wall at PNC Park.
“He’s an overall good player all around, so I think it’s going to be fun to see him play here in PNC Park with the fans and everything,” Mark Carretta said.
Fans lined up early to get seats for Tuesday night’s game for the chance to see one of the top prospects in baseball.
“It’s Polanco. I have a 20-game plan, but when I found out that he’s [going to] start tonight, then we dropped everything and that’s why we are going tonight,” Pat Kimmel said.
Many have been critical that it’s taken the Pirates so long to promote the 22-year-old Dominican outfielder with a rocket arm, blazing speed and plenty of pop from the left hand batter’s box.
“Hearing a lot of hype and everything,” Nick Bolias said. “It should be invigorating, I think, to everybody.”
One player who won’t be in the lineup tonight is Pittsburgh’s Neil Walker. He was put on the disabled list Monday for an emergency appendectomy.
There is little doubt that when the gates do open tonight, PNC Park will be packed with fans to see what Polanco will do.