Twins recall A-ball infielder Jorge Polanco, option Yohan Pino
In a surprising move, the Twins on Thursday recalled 20-year-old infielder Jorge Polanco from Class-A Advanced Fort Myers and optioned pitcher Yohan Pino.
The #MNTwins have optioned RHP Yohan Pino & recalled INF Jorge Polanco from Ft. Myers. Polanco (20) youngest player since Mauer in 2004.— Dustin Morse (@Twins_morsecode) June 26, 2014
Shortstop Danny Santana left Wednesday night's game with an injury, which would have left the Twins with a short bench in Anaheim if he can't play Thursday afternoon.
Pino would not have been available to pitch for several more days and did not pitch well Wednesday, so his being optioned is not terribly surprising. But it's a very uncharacteristic move for the Twins to aggressively promote a young posiiton player. And it's almost unheard of for any baseball player with any organization to jump from High A-ball to the Majors without stops in between.
The switch-hitting shortstop was on the 40-man roster and the Twins needed an infielder, so that could explain help the move. It still is a surprising development. The only other infielder on the 40-man roster who is not in the Majors or on the disabled list is Kennys Vargas, and he is strictly a first baseman/DH.
Polanco, who will turn 21 on July 5, is hitting .289/.363/.404 in 287 at-bats for the Fort Myers Miracle. He is considered by observers one of the top prospects in the organization.
Jorge Polanco will wear #11 and expected to be in uniform today in Anaheim. #MNTwins— Dustin Morse (@Twins_morsecode) June 26, 2014