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Why You Shouldn’t Expect to See Josh Harrison as the Pirates Shortstop

Why You Shouldn’t Expect to See Josh Harrison as the Pirates Shortstop

Last week I wrote about Josh Harrison, wondering where he would play when Gregory Polanco arrives in the majors. Harrison has been hitting well lately, and has found a regular spot in right field. Since the start of May, Harrison has a .878 OPS in 61 at-bats. Those are great numbers, although they represent a small sample size. To demonstrate the small sample size, his OPS dropped from .955 to the current .878 after going 0-for-5 yesterday. Even without the small sample considerations, once Polanco arrives, the Pirates will have to find another position for Harrison.

On Saturday, I asked where that position could be. The popular response was shortstop, since Jordy Mercer has been struggling offensively this year. But don't count on the Pirates making Harrison their regular shortstop anytime soon. Neal Huntington spoke about this to the media on Sunday.

"The challenge is Josh is hot at the bat," Huntington said. "And, the easy thing to run to is the hitting. Jordy Mercer and Clint...

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