In a move that nobody, absolutely nobody, not even the eternally optimistic and lovable Seth Stohs saw coming, the Minnesota Twins have called up 20-year old Jorge Polanco from the Fort Myers Miracle. The Miracle, of course, are Minnesota's Class Advanced-A ball affiliate. That's three steps from the Major Leagues. But, with two infielders on the disabled list and a third unavailable, Polanco is the only other infielder on the 40-man roster who can play second base or shortstop - and the Twins need a backup at those spots for at least the weekend.
Polanco is being called up as the Twins determine the extent of the injury to Danny Santana, who injured his left knee on a double early in last night's game versus the Angels. Santana's prognosis is currently positive, but to ensure that Ron Gardenhire had a full bench to play with tonight the Twins have returned starting pitcher Yohan Pino to Triple-A Rochester.
In 72 games for the Miracle, Polanco was the team's starting shortstop although he may be a more natural second baseman. He hit .289/.363/.404 in 329 plate appearances, which is more than solid for a player two is nearly three years younger than the average player in the Florida State League.
He has rocketed up the prospect charts due to his performance over the last two seasons. He hit .318/.388/.514 as an 18-year old with the Elizabethton Twins in 2012, and .308/.362/.452 last year in Cedar Rapids as a 19-year old. He's always been young for his league, and there's a very real chance he breaks a Top 100 prospect list after this year. He was the number eight prospect for the Twins in the Twinkie Town community prospect vote.
How long will Polanco last in Minnesota? Probably not long, regardless of how well he plays. But this does open up another question: who will be the Twins' next starting pitcher?