The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned Gregory Polanco to the minors today, which is a move that was expected this Spring, but not a move that everyone wanted to see. Travis Snider and Jose Tabata are no sure things in right field, while Gregory Polanco represents a potential impact player and the future starter at the position. It can be hard at times to back off the excitement of that future potential, and that's one of the challenges the Pirates had with making this decision.
"Our challenge is to not get too excited, too soon, and to put him in a position he's not ready for," Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said. "And that's what's made this decision so difficult is that he is so talented, he is a great young man, and he's a good worker."
Huntington said that he told Polanco there are some organizations who would put him in the majors because he could go compete there and survive. He said that the Pirates don't take that approach.
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