TITO POLO
CENTERFIELDER
Born: August 23, 1994
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2012, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Colombia
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Polo signed out of Colombia.  He’s shown a good range of skills, including speed, decent power and good on-base skills.  In the DSL, he split his time between center and left.

2012
DSL:  280/404/394, 132 AB, 7 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 16 BB, 32 K, 17-24 SB

Polo had a strong debut season in the DSL, with solid performance across the board.  The high OBP resulted partly from Polo getting hit by a dozen pitches in just 55 games.

2013
DSL:  275/362/375, 160 AB, 3 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 15 BB, 41 K, 22-27 SB

A little surprisingly, the Pirates sent Polo back to the DSL.  He didn’t have quite as good a season as the previous year, possibly as a result of being hampered off and on by hamstring problems.

2014
R:  291/374/475, 158 AB, 8 2B, 6 3B, 3 HR, 17 BB, 34 K, 8-12 SB

Polo was the primary right fielder in the GCL and had a strong season, hitting for average and power, with passable plate discipline.

Polo turned 20 near the end of the 2014 season, so he wasn’t young for the GCL.  He’ll go to West Virginia in the South Atlantic League in 2015 despite the presence of numerous college outfielders who were drafted in 2014.  Polo’s presence may be one reason the Pirates are trying several of those outfielders at other positions.

STATS
Baseball Reference — Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2012
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2018
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2016
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
March 12, 2012: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.