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Tomáš Polanský

  • Bats Left, Throws Right

Tomáš Polanský has played for the Czech national team a few times. Polanský hit .243/.371/.272 and fielded just .886 for MZLU Brno in the 2003 Extraliga. His career took a turn for the better when he moved to Draci Brno in 2004; he hit .321/.397/.429 for the Extraliga dynasty that year. In 2005, he dazzled, producing at a .386/.533/.511 rate. He led the league in OBP, was 6th in average, 9th in slugging, 4th in walks (29) and tied for 7th in runs (31). He represented the Czech Republic in the 2005 Baseball World Cup, splitting second base with future US minor leaguer Jakub Hajtmar; Tomáš batted .278/.350/.389, one of the better Czech hitters.

Polanský was 6 for 24 with 3 doubles, 4 walks and 3 steals for Draci Brno in '06. In 2007, he batted .354/.441/.506; he was 7th in the circuit in average, 10th in OBP and sixth in slugging. He then hit .315/.432/.472 in 2008; that year, he was among the leaders in OBP (10th), hits (41, tied for 9th), triples (5, 1st), total bases (60, tied for 5th), runs (36, 1st), walks (25, tied for 1st), RBI (4th) and steals (10 in 12 tries, tied for 9th).

In the 2008 European Cup in Regensburg, he batted .364/.391/.500 for Draci Brno, third on the team in OPS. During the 2008 World University Championship, Polanský hit .235/.316/.235. He batted .385/.429/.769 in the 2008 European Championship Qualifiers with 6 RBI in four games to help the Czech entry win a spot in the 2010 European Championship.

Polanský was 0 for 9 with 4 walks in the 2009 European Cup's Matino phase; he tied Jeffrey Verbij for second in walks, one behind leader Francesco Imperiali.

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