Pirates send Gregory Polanco back down to Triple-A

Gregory Polanco is going back down to Triple-A.
Gregory Polanco is going back down to Triple-A. (USATSI)

The Pirates have sent top outfield prospect Gregory Polanco down to Triple-A Indianapolis, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com confirmed. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported the news.

Polanco, 22, hit .241/.308/.349 (86 OPS+) with nine doubles, six home runs and 12 stolen bases in 64 games after being called up in June. He is currently mired in a 1-for-30 (.033) slump, hence the demotion.

The emergence of Travis Snider -- the ex-Blue Jays outfielder is hitting .268/.336/.435 (116 OPS+) overall and .319/.366/.585 (170 OPS+) in the second half -- robbed Polanco of at-bats and made sending him down nice and easy.

There was quite a bit of ruckus when the Pirates opted to keep Polanco in Triple-A earlier this year even though the offense struggled. He was presumably kept down for service time reasons, delaying his free agency.

Before being called up, Polanco hit .347/.405/.540 with 17 doubles, seven homers and 15 steals in 62 Triple-A games. Baseball America ranked him as the 10th best prospect in baseball before the season.

The Pirates are currently 67-63 overall, five games back in the NL Central and 1.5 games back of the second NL wild-card spot.

Rosters expand in seven days, so Polanco's demotion to Triple-A figures to be short-lived. The team has not yet announced the corresponding roster move.

CBS Sports Writer

Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

Show Comments Hide Comments
CBS Sports Shop
MLB All-Star Gear
Our Latest Stories