OK, I'm going there.Eight plate appearances.Those of you advocating Polanco's recall and competing for a position on the team next year are putting way too much emphasis on eight plate appearances.I believe Eric Fryer had three hits in his first eight plate appearances this year.Does that make him a legitimate prospect?No.Some guys, from Aaron Hicks to Willie Mays go 0-8, does that make them busts? Again, no.Eight plate appearances is simply too small a sample to matter.Polanco, at 20 years old, competed well in High A ball.He wasn't dominant, but he competed well.He hit .281, with a .780 OPS and got a deserved promotion to AA.At New Britain, he was satisfactory, no more, no less.The batting average was OK (.281), but he only had seven extra-base hits and nine walks in a quarter season.Defensively, he's probably not ready, if errors made are any gauge of defensive performance.
If Polanco shows the same improvement in 2015, it will make considerably more sense for him to get a late-season look.He then might really be on the cusp of staying in the big leagues, even if he doesn't get a single AAA plate appearance.We know that at 23, Danny Santana was ready offensively.It looks like Kennys Vargas was ready from his 24th birthday on.We also know that at 23 and 24, first round draft choice Aaron Hicks wasn't ready.
I certainly haven't seen enough of Polanco to make blanket statements, but I'm sure the Twins get reports from his managers and coaches.If he were truly ready for major league baseball, even a September audition, somebody would have made the case for him.I doubt that has happened.
Edited by stringer bell, 05 September 2014 - 04:20 AM.