Twins call up infielder Jorge Polanco from Single-A

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Jorge Polanco is, surprisingly, a big leaguer.
Jorge Polanco is, surprisingly, a big leaguer. (USATSI)

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The Twins have called up infielder Jorge Polanco, the team announced. He is going straight from High Class-A to the big leagues, skipping right over Double-A and Triple-A.

Polanco, 20, hit .289/.363/.404 with 12 doubles, five home runs, eight steals, 35 walks and 42 strikeouts in 72 High-A games this summer. He is a career .287/.352/.415 hitter in parts of five minor league seasons.

Baseball America ranked Polanco as the tenth best prospect in Minnesota's system before the season. Here's a mini-scouting report they posted following news of the call-up:

Polanco has the plus arm necessary to play shortstop, where he logged a career-high 68 games this season. One evaluator called him an above-average shortstop, while another called him a work in progress at second base with an average arm.

As for Polanco's bat, one evaluator said the switch-hitter was making good contact and driving the ball from both sides, while another gave him an 80 on the 20-80 scouting scale for speed and touted his gap power from both sides.

The Twins are currently without third baseman Trevor Plouffe and utility man Eduardo Nunez, who are both on the disabled list.

To make room on the roster for Polanco, 30-year-old righty Yohan Pino was sent to Triple-A. He made his MLB debut a few weeks ago, allowing seven runs in 10 innings across two starts.

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