Gregory Polanco hit his first homer of the year today.
Last year Scott Diamond made 27 starts for the Minnesota Twins. He posted a 3.54 ERA in 173 innings, with a 90:31 K/BB ratio. Today, Diamond was on a rehab assignment, pitching for Fort Myers against the Bradenton Marauders. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Gregory Polanco took him opposite field for his first home run of the 2013 season.
If there’s one thing that has impressed me about Polanco more than anything else, it’s that he hasn’t seen a lot of struggles against lefties. There have been a few occasions where he’s faced upper level lefty talent and has made it look easy.
I first noticed this last year when he was going up against Nathan Baker in an intra-squad game. Baker isn’t exactly a top prospect, but at the time Polanco was a guy who had only played rookie ball, and Baker was a guy who had just pitched in the Arizona Fall League that off-season. Baker is also a lefty, and put up some good numbers last year in Alto...