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Pirates Notebook: Move Back to Right Field Hasn’t Fixed all of Polanco’s Defensive Issues

Gregory Polanco needs to show improvements on defense now that he's back in right field. Photo Credit: David Hague
Pirates Notebook: Move Back to Right Field Hasn’t Fixed all of Polanco’s Defensive Issues

PITTSBURGH — Gregory Polanco may have jump-started his bat on Saturday, but his defense in the outfield this season continues to leave something to be desired.

Polanco started the season playing left field, but was moved back to right in late May. He’s even stayed in right while lesser defenders like John Jaso have played left, suggesting Polanco’s future is permanently set as a right fielder.

But even in right field this season, things haven’t gone so well. Polanco has negative-2 Defensive Runs Saved as an outfielder this season. All of that came in left field. He’s an even zero in right field, but that’s a fairly precipitous decline from where he was earlier in his career. Polanco saved 11 runs in right in 2015 and four last season.

Manager Clint Hurdle said the thought the cons...

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