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Pirates recall Gregory Polanco from Triple-A

Sep 2, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

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Pittsburgh is calling rookie Gregory Polanco back up to the majors two weeks after demoting the 22-year-old outfielder to Triple-A.

Polanco went 4-for-26 (.153) during his brief demotion and was in a nasty two-month slump before being sent down, hitting just .204 with a .564 in his last 40 games. But with rosters expanding and the Triple-A season over there was no reason to leave him in the minors and he could see some part-time work down the stretch.

Travis Snider and most recently Andrew Lambo have been serving as the Pirates’ starting right fielders.

  1. recoveringcubsfan - Sep 2, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    I’m a sick individual, in that I used to like watching Alfonso Soriano play simply because he was a dynamic failer. At least IMO. Polanco, Vishnu willing, won’t be that bad at some things, but he’s still clearly a bit raw. Nonetheless, I like watching him play. He’s interesting for the not-pro-yet facets of his game. Just an idle thought, I don’t really have anywhere to go with it…

    • zs123 - Sep 2, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      I’m pretty sure Polanco and the Pirates would be happy with Soriano’s 15 year career and .270/.319/.500 slash line (likely with a higher OBP and lower SLG)

  2. Black Dog - Sep 2, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Polanco rejected the Pirates’ offer of a long-term contract, choosing to bet on himself.

    Jon Singleton, the Astros’ rookie, took the other approach, signing a 5-year, $10-million deal before he’d ever had his first at-bat in the bigs. Singleton got reamed by many, who felt he left a lot of money on the table in exchange for a little financial security.

    That may well turn out to be the case. But Singleton is batting .178 after 264 at-bats. There’s no guarantee that he’ll hit well enough to stick in the Show. The same goes for Polanco.

    I think these guys each had a a tough and interesting choice to make.
    It’s hard not to bet on yourself, but it’s certainly no gimme.

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