Jorge Polanco
Jorge Polanco
25-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Minnesota Twins
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Polanco's ascent to the starting shortstop of the future was sidetracked by an 80-game PED suspension at the start of last season. Prorated over a full season, he would have almost duplicated the 13 home runs and 13 steals he logged in 2017. Polanco improved as the season progressed with a .310 average and .821 OPS in September. His glove didn't improve, as he had a -11.3 UZR at shortstop and his -1 DRS ranked 22nd in MLB. While he profiles best at second base or as a utility infielder, he will likely enter the season as the everyday shortstop, given Minnesota's lack of quality options there. Prospect Nick Gordon shares many of Polanco's strengths and weakness, but could debut at shortstop this summer, shifting Polanco to the keystone. His inefficiency on the bases (career 62.5% success rate) could eventually lead to a reduction in stolen-base attempts. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $25.75 million contract extension with the Twins in February of 2019. Contract includes options for 2024 and 2025.
Continues offensive surge
SSMinnesota Twins
May 15, 2019
Polanco went 1-for-3 with a walk, stolen base and a run scored Tuesday in the Twins' 4-3 win over the Angels.
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It took more than a month and a half, but Polanco has finally collected his first stolen base of the season. Polanco nabbed a career-high 13 steals back in 2017, but he offers most of his value through power production and batting average these days. With the Twins and Angels playing a day game in Wednesday's series finale, Polanco will forgo his usual duties at shortstop and instead serve as Minnesota's designated hitter.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+26%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+33%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+35%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+13%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .668 323 30 8 45 10 .248 .279 .389
Since 2017vs Right .842 740 94 19 91 11 .294 .364 .478
2019vs Left .799 38 3 1 3 0 .286 .342 .457
2019vs Right 1.061 148 23 7 17 1 .344 .412 .649
2018vs Left .628 109 8 3 13 4 .233 .259 .369
2018vs Right .845 224 30 3 29 3 .317 .387 .457
2017vs Left .665 176 19 4 29 6 .248 .277 .388
2017vs Right .751 368 41 9 45 7 .260 .330 .421
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+23%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .752 531 60 7 69 12 .279 .340 .412
Since 2017Away .823 532 64 20 67 9 .280 .337 .487
2019Home .902 95 12 2 8 1 .305 .389 .512
2019Away 1.109 91 14 6 12 0 .357 .407 .702
2018Home .756 178 21 1 23 5 .298 .352 .404
2018Away .792 155 17 5 19 2 .277 .338 .454
2017Home .695 258 27 4 38 6 .257 .313 .383
2017Away .747 286 33 9 36 7 .256 .313 .434
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How does Jorge Polanco compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.67
 
BB Rate
9.5%
 
K Rate
14.2%
 
BABIP
.353
 
ISO
.271
 
AVG
.329
 
OBP
.395
 
SLG
.600
 
OPS
.995
 
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Polanco won the starting shortstop job in spring training, but struggled in the first half, hitting just .224 with a .596 OPS. Without a high pedigree or an above-average glove, it looked like his shot at being a starter was over when he was moved to the bench on July 23. Miraculously, he turned his season around in August and reclaimed the starting job. He hit .316 with a .931 OPS and 10 home runs in 234 plate appearances after Aug. 1. Thanks to that strong finish, Polanco looks set to return as the starting shortstop. He makes good contact (14.3 percent strikeout rate) and appears to have been the victim of some bad luck last year (.278 BABIP). While not a burner, he figures to continue to chip in a handful of steals, and his gradually increasing isolated power rates suggest more power could be coming from the 24-year-old. Unfortunately, his glove may eventually force a move to second base. His -4.3 UZR ranked 34th out of 37 MLB shortstops with 500 or more innings played.
Polanco got a trial as Minnesota's shortstop over the final two months of last season and held his own with the bat at age 23, hitting .288 with a .751 OPS over his last 56 games. He didn't fare as well with the glove as he had a -10.9 UZR with uneven reviews at shortstop. Fortunately, it seems that he will be given close to everyday at-bats in 2017 as the new regime collects data on the Twins' talented crop of young players. Eduardo Escobar is coming off a negative-0.6 fWAR season, and Brian Dozier could be traded, so there should be room for Polanco in the middle infield. He was essentially a league average hitter last year (101 wRC+), and made good contact (17 percent strikeout rate), so he should be able to avoid lengthy cold streaks. Polanco, who won't turn 24 until July, hit 13 home runs with nine steals (on 16 attempts) across Triple-A and the majors last year, and while he should end up being a double-digit homer threat in his peak seasons, his fantasy value will be tied to him contributing a little bit of everything, rather than excelling in any one category.
Polanco may be the best infield prospect in the Minnesota system after a promising season at Double-A and then holding his own as a younger player at Triple-A. Polanco hit .289/.346/.393 at Double-A Chattanooga and was promoted to Triple-A at midseason. He was called up for a short stint in the majors when the team needed an emergency infielder for a second year, which shows the Twins feel strongly about his promise. While he had just a .661 OPS at Triple-A, he had a 89 percent contact rate and held his own at just 21. Polanco needs to hit for more power and it's not clear if his defense will keep him at shortstop (28 errors between three levels last year). However, he could take a big leap since he's been younger than his competition and makes outstanding contact. Polanco could be pushing for a major league role at some point this season.
Polanco continued to make his case that he may be the best infield prospect in the Minnesota system by having a promising season at High-A and then holding his own as a younger player at Double-A. He hit .291/.364/.415 at High-A, which was a slight decline from his Low-A numbers, but he still drew walks at a strong rate and makes good contact. Polanco then hit .281/.323/.342 in 37 games at Double-A as a 20-year-old. Polanco also was called up to the majors in June when the team had a rash of infield injuries. Although he played just five games and wasn't called up in September, it likely indicates the Twins view him as part of their long-term rebuilding plans. He'll need to display more power to become an impact player in the majors, but a strong season at Double-A could put him in the mix for a starting job in the majors in 2016.
Polanco may be Minnesota's top middle-infield prospect after hitting .309/.362/.452 at age 19 at Low-A Beloit. Polanco makes good contact (59:42 K:BB ratio) and draws walks at a decent rate. It's not clear if he'll stick at shortstop or second base at higher levels. He also hasn't shown much speed with only four stolen bases, which may limit his fantasy value. However, he's a player to watch as a strong season at High-A could put him on the fast track for the majors.
Polanco may be the best middle infield prospect in the Minnesota organization after hitting .318/.388/.514 for Elizabethton in the Appalachian Rookie League at age 18. A strong season in Low-A could make him a part of Minnesota's rebuilding plans.
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Takes seat for Game 2
SSMinnesota Twins
May 11, 2019
Polanco is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers.
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Records five hits
SSMinnesota Twins
May 8, 2019
Polanco went 5-for-5 with a double, a two-run home run and two runs scored Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
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Homers as part of three-hit day
SSMinnesota Twins
May 7, 2019
Polanco went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, a double, a walk and two runs Monday in the Twins' 8-0 win over the Blue Jays.
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Knocks in four
SSMinnesota Twins
April 22, 2019
Polanco went 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, two runs scored and four RBI in a 9-5 win over the Astros on Monday.
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Sits for night game
SSMinnesota Twins
April 20, 2019
Polanco is sitting for the second game of Saturday' doubleheader against the Orioles, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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