The wait is finally over for the top prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates system and one of the top prospects in all of baseball. Outfielder Gregory Polanco is finally set to join the big league club and make his debut.
On the same day that the Pirates still appeared reluctant to bring the prized outfielder up to the big club due to service time considerations and the issue of a possible Super Two status down the road, they have made the move. Granted, they did not necessarily make the promotion for the reason they expected or wanted to.
First of all, it was Polanco himself who scooped all the national beat guys and reported the news himself on Twitter:
The wait is over…. My dream has officially come true ⚾️ Pittsburgh, see you mañana!!
— Gregory Polanco ☕️ (@El_Coffee) June 10, 2014
Say this for Polanco: his Twitter game is real, even if it does resemble that of a teenage girl. Seriously, how does one insert the baseball emoticon thing?
As for the reason for the promotion, it is an emergency appendectomy for second baseman Neil Walker:
#Pirates announce that Neil Walker underwent an appendectomy tonight. That cleared spot for Polanco. Not exactly move they wanted to make.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 10, 2014
The Pirates will have to decide how to get Polanco playing time. You don’t bring your top prospect up to the big leagues to watch, after all. Manager Clint Hurdle can either continue to give the struggling Starling Marte some nights on the bench or he can put Marte in Josh Harrison‘s spot.
Either way, Polanco will finally debut. That is good news for him, the Pirates, and for baseball fans in general.