The Minnesota Twins have promoted 20-year-old infielder Jorge Polanco from the Fort Myers Miracle. That’s right, Fort Myers, their high-A ball team.
Polanco will make the rare jump from A ball to the majors. Pitcher Johan Pino was sent down in the corresponding roster move, thus suggesting that the injury to Danny Santana may be more serious than manager Ron Gardenhire was letting on.
Santana left the game last night with soreness in his right knee. He was scheduled for an MRI today.
Polanco was hitting .289/.363/.404 with five home runs, eight steals and 35 RBI in 72 games with Fort Myers this season.
Jorge Polanco is not the first name you think about when Twins prospects are mentioned. However, with Miguel Sano missing the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and Byron Buxton dealing with a bothersome wrist injury, the Twins were kind of short on position prospects.
The Twins did get some good news with Buxton, though. While he likely will not play in the majors before next year, it appears that he will not need surgery on his wrist.
Polanco has shown very good plate discipline so far, walking 35 times and striking out 42.
That discipline is likely what got him the promotion. With the Twins already thin in the infield with Eduardo Nunez on the disabled list and Santana day-to-day, they will likely play Polanco at shortstop with Eduardo Escobar manning third base.
I don’t think the Twins would call him up to sit on the bench, so expect him in the lineup soon and often, at least until we know the extent of the Santana injury.