As a 23-year-old, Jorge Polanco finished 2017 with a 723 OPS (.256/.313/.410), but that includes a MONSTER August (1099 OPS) and very good September (768 OPS). It looked like he was ready for the next step....
... but then came the half-year suspension. He still posted a very good (for a SS) 773 OPS (.288/.345/.427) over the last 80 games. But that suspension also made us wonder just how much of that August 2017 power was legit.
It looks legit today. So far this year, in 44 plate appearances, he's hitting .375, with a .432 OBP and a ... .750(!) SLG. That's a 1182 OPS. Obviously, that's not sustainable, but how high can we hope for?
A - .270/.330/.420 (750 OPS)
B - .290/.350/.440 (790 OPS)
C - .310/.370/.460 (830 OPS)
D - .310/.370/.490 (860 OPS)
He is still just 25, which is when power often develops. His defense (particularly throwing) seems to be better since he started throwing sidearm, and that might be helping him at the plate, too. Just how much offense can we hope for?