Jorge Luis Polanco Pacheco
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 165 lb.
On March 18, 2018, he received an 80-game suspension for testing positive for the banned old-school steroid, Stanozolol, best known as the substance that had cost sprinter Ben Johnson his gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. He claimed that he had consumed the steroid inadvertently, as he thought he was taking a simple vitamin supplement in his native Dominican Republic. The suspension came on the heels of a breakout season as Minnesota's starting shortstop in 2017, when he hit .256 with 13 homers in 133 games; he had finished the year on a particularly strong note, hitting .293 with 10 home runs in 63 games after the All-Star break, helping the Twins to qualify for the Wild Card Game. He had gone 1 for 4 with a walk and 2 runs scored in the Twins' defeat at the hands of the New York Yankees in that game. He was reinstated on July 2nd, but in his absence the Twins had struggled during the first half of 2018, as they were 35-45 and 9 games behind the first-place Cleveland Indians. He hit .288 with 6 homers and 42 RBIs in his half season, good for an OPS+ of 109.
On April 5, 2019, he was the first player to hit for the cycle that season, although his feat came in a 10-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. He tripled in the 1st, singled in the 3rd, hit a solo homer in the 5th and completed the quartet with a double off Adam Morgan in the 7th, the first three hits having come off Nick Pivetta. He then added a single in the 9th to also notch the first five-hit game of his career. This marked the start of an outstanding first half in which he was the Twins' best offensive players while they were the best team in the American League. He was in turn elected as the starting shortstop in the 2019 All-Star Game. On August 31st, he reached the 20-homer mark for the first time of his career. He was the eighth Twins player with 20 or more homers, a new major league record, and his blast came on a night when the Twins hit six long balls to break the all-time single-season team record with 268, with a month left to play.
- AL All-Star (2019)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2019)
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (2019)