Demoting struggling Gregory Polanco to Triple-A “hasn’t even been a conversation” for the Pirates

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Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco mostly struggled as a rookie last season and is hitting poorly again this season, but general manager Neal Huntington told Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that sending the 23-year-old back to the minors “hasn’t even been a conversation.”

Baseball America ranked Polanco as the No. 10 prospect in MLB coming into last season and he debuted at age 22, but he’s hit just .233 with a .640 OPS through 166 career games. Polanco’s speed and defense remain assets for the Pirates, but he’s just not hitting.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle benched the left-handed-hitting Polanco versus a right-handed pitcher Sunday and Huntington noted that “we believe Gregory Polanco is going to be a quality major league player, but there are growing pains.”