Prep Baseball Report

Super 60 Spotlight: Matthew Polk

By Andy Sroka
Illinois and Wisconsin Assistant Director

On Sunday, Feb. 7, Prep Baseball Report will host the 19th edition of its prestigious, flagship event: the Super 60 Pro Showcase. Since the event’s inception in 2003, more than 300 players have been selected in the MLB Draft, including 22 first-round picks and 25 second-rounders.

We started our our march toward the Super 60 earlier this month, by highlighting the prospects set to join us, shining a light on their impressive player profiles that they've groomed through their high school years and beyond.

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Scouting Report

Polk put in work on a frame that was just 5-foot-10, 150-pounds, and now possesses some defined strength across a 5-foot-11, 185-pound frame that produces some louder power to the pull side. His tools always seemed to “play up” in game and he  found a way to produce as an underclassman against some of the country’s best pitchers, and that fact has only been elevated with the increased physicality. A future utility defender (2B-3B-OF), Polk moves well on the field, but his bat is the calling card. Playing in the toughest league in the country this spring will bring plenty of MLB eyes to his at-bats, and should he continue to excel, expect Polk to climb boards.

Polk may hover just below 5-foot-10 and 150-pounds, but he plays like he's 6-foot-4, 215-pounds. The UCLA recruit gets the most out of his smaller frame, and utilizes his quick hands and strong wrists to drive the ball with some sneaky gap power. Setting up crouched, Polks hands separate with a segmented load back along with a short stride before working noticeably uphill through the zone. He went 2-for-3 in the game that I watched with a double, and his only out was a screaming line drive to centerfield. His energy and ability to consistently find the barrel should make him a fun player to watch progress over the next few years.

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