Jorge Luis Pacheco Polanco was born on July 5, 1993, he is a Dominican professional baseball infielder for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Polanco signed with the Minnesota Twins as an international free agent in 2009. He made his debut in 2010 for the Dominican Summer League Twins. He also played for the Gulf Coast Twins that year and hit .233./303/.294 overall. He remained with the Gulf Coast Twins in 2011, hitting .250/.319/.349 in 51 games.
Polanco was called up to the majors for the first time on June 26, 2014. Polanco totalled a combined 9 games between 2014 and the 2015 season with the Twins. He got his first extended look in the majors in 2016, when he played in 69 games.
On March 18, 2018, Polanco was suspended for 80 games after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing drug, and was also ineligible for postseason play. He was reinserted as the Twins shortstop upon his return from suspension. In 77 games, he hit .288 with 6 home runs and 42 RBIs.
On April 5, 2019, Polanco hit for the cycle against the Philadelphia Phillies, going 5-for-5 with one RBI in a 10–4 loss. Polanco was the American League starting shortstop in the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
On the season, Polanco finished with a .295 batting average in 153 games. He hit 22 home runs, drove in 79 RBI, and scored 107 runs. In 2020, Polanco hit .258 with 4 home runs and 19 RBI in 55 games. In 2021, Polanco batted .269/.323/.503 and set career highs with 33 home runs and 98 RBIs.
Jorge Polanco signed a 5 year / $25,750,000 contract with the Minnesota Twins, including $25,750,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $5,150,000. In 2022, Polanco will earn a base salary of $5,500,000, while carrying a total salary of $5,500,000.