The Minnesota Twins have just dealt Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners for Stephen Pryor. With Morales on the 25 man roster for the Twins, they now have a position player opening needing to be filled. Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com is reporting that the Twins will recall 21-year-old Jorge Polanco from Single-A Fort Myers.
Jorge Polanco will also be recalled from Class A Advanced Fort Myers to take Morales' roster spot.
— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) July 24, 2014
Polanco made waves throughout Twins Territory the first time he was called up this year, as the Twins don’t typically reach so far in the farm system to bring up a player.
In seven plate appearances for Polanco earlier in the season, he batted .400 with 3 RBIs a triple and two runs scored.
On the season for Fort Myers, Polanco is hitting .291 with 6 home runs, 45 RBIs, and 61 runs scored. He also brings somewhat of a speed threat to the Twins as he has stolen ten bases this year.
With Kendrys Morales playing significant time at first base for the Twins, look to Chris Parmelee and Chris Colabello to figure into the picture down the stretch. Also, the Twins should be expecting Joe Mauer back on the field sometime in August.
Polanco doesn’t project to fill the DH role that Morales also played at times, and will likely get time on the left side of the infield, as well as time in the outfield.
For the Twins, it looks like the trade deadline will see multiple names moved, and could provide some excitement for fans, getting early looks at some of the younger talent. Polanco now has a chance to expand on his previous success at the Major League level earlier this year.