PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Indianapolis Indians manager Dean Treanor joined The Fan Morning Show to talk about a number of Pirates minor leaguers who could be making the jump to the major league club this season.
Of course, Gregory Polanco was a major focus of the conversation.
“The Pirates have got a plan in place for him,” Treanor said of Polanco. “They’re doing the right thing. The more experience he gets here in AAA, he’s starting to see some veteran pitching here, guys that have pitched in the big leagues. He’s got some challenges here, but he’s adjusting very well.”
Treanor said that there are also opportunities for growth in Polanco’s fielding.
“One of the biggest things is he’s been a centerfielder in the past and now he’s been asked to move to right field,” Treanor said. “So that also presents some new challenges. There’s difference nuances out there in right, different angles of the ball. He’s got to deal with the corner. The wall gets to him quicker.”
He told the guys that Polanco is trying to keep a positive attitude while waiting to get promoted.
“He’s hit every day with things,” Treanor said. “He’s getting a lot of phone calls. The media is obviously involved in this to a big degree every day. I brought him in the office the other day and we had a very good, long conversation about this. You can tell by the way earlier in the season, with a smile on his face every day, this guy plays very happy. He’s a very exciting guy to watch, and there was just a difference in his personality. So we talked about that, and he said that he does hear things. It’s on his mind. It’s only natural that it’s on his mind. But he’s trying to keep things in perspective and he knows that he has to wait until he’s ready. But it’s not easy dealing with it, especially on a daily basis when he knows that all of that is out there.”
The interview can be heard here: