Jorge Polanco
Jorge Polanco
27-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Minnesota Twins
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Polanco played a career-high 153 games last season, hitting .295 with an .841 OPS en route to earning his first All-Star nod. He maintained good walk (8.5%) and strikeout rates (16.5%) while adding more power. Polanco had career highs with a .190 ISO and 22 home runs, fueled by an increase in launch angle and a three-mph jump in average exit velocity. He also improved with the glove as his 1 DRS ranked 16th among MLB shortstops, though an eventual move to second base remains on the table. While Polanco has decent speed, he stole just four bases, compared to 13 SB in 2017, as the Twins minimized the steal as a strategy. It made sense to limit Polanco's running in particular given his subpar career 61.7% success rate. The lack of steals is about the only negative as at age 26 he's in his prime years as Minnesota's starting shortstop. 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.
Sits for first time
SSMinnesota Twins
August 3, 2020
Polanco is not in the lineup Monday against the Pirates.
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Both Polanco and left fielder Eddie Rosario will rest for the first time this year in Monday's game. Ehire Adrianza will enter the lineup at shortstop.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+26%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+76%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+22%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+35%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .685 330 35 9 37 5 .256 .287 .398
Since 2018vs Right .863 774 118 20 90 7 .308 .377 .485
2020vs Left .400 10 2 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200
2020vs Right .704 57 6 1 6 1 .296 .333 .370
2019vs Left .728 211 25 6 24 1 .270 .305 .423
2019vs Right .891 493 82 16 55 3 .306 .378 .513
2018vs Left .628 109 8 3 13 4 .233 .259 .369
2018vs Right .845 224 30 3 29 3 .317 .387 .457
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .768 559 72 11 59 7 .274 .342 .425
Since 2018Away .849 545 81 18 68 5 .309 .358 .491
2020Home .693 30 2 1 3 0 .250 .300 .393
2020Away .630 37 6 0 3 1 .306 .324 .306
2019Home .781 351 49 9 33 2 .264 .341 .440
2019Away .899 353 58 13 46 2 .324 .371 .528
2018Home .756 178 21 1 23 5 .298 .352 .404
2018Away .792 155 17 5 19 2 .277 .338 .454
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.43
 
BB Rate
4.5%
 
K Rate
10.4%
 
BABIP
.304
 
ISO
.063
 
AVG
.281
 
OBP
.313
 
SLG
.344
 
OPS
.657
 
wOBA
.294
 
Exit Velocity
79.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
28.1%
 
Barrels/PA
1.6%
 
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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.
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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Goes yard Tuesday
SSMinnesota Twins
July 28, 2020
Polanco went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Cardinals.
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Homers in scrimmage
SSMinnesota Twins
July 14, 2020
Polanco hit a home run in Tuesday's scrimmage, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Returns to infield
SSMinnesota Twins
March 3, 2020
Polanco (ankle) will start at shortstop and bat second Tuesday in the Twins' Grapefruit League game against the Tigers, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Making spring debut at DH
SSMinnesota Twins
Ankle
March 1, 2020
Polanco (ankle) is batting third as the designated hitter in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Nearing full clearance
SSMinnesota Twins
Ankle
February 16, 2020
Polanco (ankle) ran near 100 percent Saturday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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