Polanco's Numbers Belie Talent

Don't let that 6.86 ERA fool you. Reynaldo Polanco had pitched well this season for the Gulf Coast League Yankees, the past few outings have just been a bit rough. The 18-year-old right hander accumulated 25 strikeouts to just four walks through the end of July, then things started to unravel. He's focusing on the positives though in his first GCL season.

Born May 20, 1993, Polanco is one of the youngest players on the GCL roster. He boasts a plus fastball and a big 12-6 curve. Although he's been inconsistent this season, he knows what he has to do to be successful.

"I'm very happy to be [in Tampa]," Polanco said through a translator. "I'm really focused on getting my fastball for a strike."

On July 27, his last start of July, Polanco struck out nine Blue Jays in five innings. He walked three but allowed just two runs. It's obvious that the biggest culprit for his fast-rising ERA -- the walks. Through his first four August outings, Polanco had given up 11 walks while striking out just six. If he's not locating early in the count with his fastball, he doesn't even get to a count where he can use the curve.

"He's [got to] get ahead of guys with the fastball and that way he can throw his nasty curveball," said Jose Rosado, the GCL pitching coach.

Rosado said age is a big factor when talking about Polanco.

"For being 18 years old, he knows what he's doing up there," added Rosado. "He still has a lot of work to do though, on his mechanics. But he's coming along. He's doing good."

Polanco isn't intimidated by his August troubles. He knows he has a lot to improve on but he also feels confident that he can compete with professional hitters.

"I really don't take that out there, how young I am compared to other guys," Polanco said. "I know that I have to compete, it doesn't matter about age. I'm working even harder because I know I'm a couple years behind. I have to work hard to be a notch above these guys."

If he can get back to his mid-Summer form, Polanco looks like a pitcher who can dominate a game. July saw him post 15 consecutive innings, stretched out over four outings, without surrendering a walk. Not coincidentally, three of those four outings were scoreless.

Coach Rosado is excited for Polanco's next year and the work to be done in the offseason.

"He's got great ability,Ó Rosado said. Òand he's got a bright future."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nBorn May 20, 1993, Polanco is one of the youngest players on the GCL roster. He boasts a plus fastball and a big 12-6 curve. Although he's been inconsistent this season, he knows what he has to do to be successful.
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\r\n\"I'm very happy to be [in Tampa],\" Polanco said through a translator. \"I'm really focused on getting my fastball for a strike.\"
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\r\nOn July 27, his last start of July, Polanco struck out nine Blue Jays in five innings. He walked three but allowed just two runs. It's obvious that the biggest culprit for his fast-rising ERA -- the walks. Through his first four August outings, Polanco had given up 11 walks while striking out just six. If he's not locating early in the count with his fastball, he doesn't even get to a count where he can use the curve.
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\r\n\"He's [got to] get ahead of guys with the fastball and that way he can throw his nasty curveball,\" said Jose Rosado, the GCL pitching coach.
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\r\nRosado said age is a big factor when talking about Polanco.
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\r\n\"For being 18 years old, he knows what he's doing up there,\" added Rosado. \"He still has a lot of work to do though, on his mechanics. But he's coming along. He's doing good.\"
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\r\nPolanco isn't intimidated by his August troubles. He knows he has a lot to improve on but he also feels confident that he can compete with professional hitters.
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\r\n\"I really don't take that out there, how young I am compared to other guys,\" Polanco said. \"I know that I have to compete, it doesn't matter about age. I'm working even harder because I know I'm a couple years behind. I have to work hard to be a notch above these guys.\"
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\r\nIf he can get back to his mid-Summer form, Polanco looks like a pitcher who can dominate a game. July saw him post 15 consecutive innings, stretched out over four outings, without surrendering a walk. Not coincidentally, three of those four outings were scoreless.
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\r\nCoach Rosado is excited for Polanco's next year and the work to be done in the offseason.
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\r\n\"He's got great ability,Ó Rosado said. Òand he's got a bright future.\"
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