Part of Polanco's struggles appeared to be from fatigue. In 2013, he totaled 171 games played, which included games in the minors and the Dominican winter league.
"I got my rest. I took a vacation," Polanco said of this offseason, per MLB.com. "I'm ready now. I feel refreshed and ready to play.
"That was my focus -- take some rest and prepare my body, prepare for spring training. That was my goal the last offseason."
Polanco, who was listed at 220 pounds last year, said Wednesday he is up to 235 pounds. He added he isn't worried about the added bulk slowing him down this year.
"I feel very good," Polanco said. "I gained weight and I maintained my speed, too. I'm ready, 100 percent ready. Every time I get a chance to play, I'm going to give it my 100 percent, for sure."
It appears the
"We think Gregory Polanco has the chance to be a really good major-league player," Huntington said Tuesday at the second day of the winter meetings.
Polanco made his much-anticipated debut in 2014, but the 23-year-old outfielder hit a disappointing .235 with seven home runs, nine doubles and 33 RBI in 89 games.
"There's a lot more than just looking at the result," Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "The fact that he's hung in and battled after taking two strikes is always a good takeaway. He stayed in there, stayed on the pitches. He's always shown a good eye and some discipline."
The team purchased the contract of infielder
"After the four-day layoff where Travis (Snider) was swinging the bat so well and deserved to continue to play, Gregory looked a little rough," Huntington said, per MLB.com. "... Most importantly, he's been out and competing. We look forward to getting him back. If we're going to play October baseball, Gregory Polanco is going to have a hand in that."
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|10/1/2014 vs San Francisco|
|vs San Francisco||11||2||0||.167||.182||.182|
|vs Cueto (Career)||6||1||0||.167||.167||.167|
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|2011||ASX-State College Spikes||3||10||0||1||0||0||0||1||--||2||0||0||.100||.100||.100|
|2012||AFX-West Virginia Power||116||437||84||142||26||6||16||85||44||64||40||15||.388||.522||.325|
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