Jorge Polanco

Jorge Polanco

SS - MIN
Age: 26Bats: BThrows: R

Next Game

KC @ MIN
G. Sparkman #328
Sat, 9/21 7:10pm
Matchup (?)
Rank H #60
Projection (?) 3.7 pts

Ownership

 
Yahoo
81%
 
ESPN
94%

Eligibility

Yahoo SS
ESPN SS,DH
CBS DH,SS

Polanco needed 77 games to post six homers and nine barrels in 2018. 121 games into 2019, he has six 19 homers, and 29 barrels. His launch angle and hard-hit rate are both way up, so this is no mere blip. The 25-year-old is breaking out in a major way, easing the sting of stealing just four bags. Undervalued as a solid middle infielder on draft day, he now looks like one of many formidable star shortstops.

Polanco was quite good last year but has taken it up another notch at the plate this season with a 20 homer pace and batting average well north of .300 heading into the break. With that said, he has been struggling of late and seems to have lost the 15 steal speed we figured he'd provide.

With a .326 batting average and 11 home runs in 73 games, Polanco has greatly exceeded expectations this season, much like the Twins as a whole. But his .355 BABIP is among the 15 highest in baseball, and while his .298 expected average is still quite good, fantasy owners should pencil in at least 25-30 points of batting average regression going forward. And while Polanco should soon cruise past his previous career high of 15 home runs, his current .542 slugging percentage is also a bit inflated, according to Statcast. Polanco has been caught stealing on three of his five attempts this season, so if the stolen bases don't pick up, his fantasy value will take a fairly significant hit once his batting average and home run pace normalize.