But one reason why
Diaz has the potential to pass Sanchez on the organization's catching depth chart, which is noteworthy since
Diaz always has been regarded as a strong defensive catcher since he signed out of
"All the defensive skills have showed up extremely well. ... The arm, they all glow about. The accuracy (of the arm)," Hurdle said. "The bat has shown up as well. He's grinding out at-bats. He's hitting. He's been having at bats like
"I'm never surprised when players have success or when they pop. That's why you draft them. That's why you work with them. ... He's a guy we'll have more conversation about over the winter."
Another day off for Polanco
Why has Polanco struggled? He might be tired. Dating to last October, Polanco has played in 178 games across various levels -- winter ball, spring training, Triple-A and the majors -- and has 682 at-bats.
"I played year round, played winter ball, then went into a season," Hurdle said. "It doesn't matter if you're young. ... I was anticipating a little bit of fatigue somewhere along the line just because it wasn't like he was playing three times a week (this winter), he won MVP and won the batting title."
Hurdle believes the fatigue is showing up in Polanco's bat speed. He has struggled with elevated fastballs. The Pirates do have a date in mind to get Polanco back in the starting lineup.
Said Hurdle: "He's not in perpetual timeout."
First-base platoon update
For the second straight year, the Pirates organized a dads trip, where any of the Pirate players' fathers were welcome to join the club on the trip to
"We had them in the same time the All-Stars were announced (last year), and a number of fathers who had sons that were All-Stars were there for that, which was really cool," Hurdle said. "They are out on the field shagging. It's just a blast. These are the guys you've been connected to since you were 6 in the back yard."
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