• Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for Polanco and other #ASGWorthy players
Even in the Pirates' 6-5 10-inning loss to the Mets on Wednesday, Polanco's three doubles further prove why that decision was made.
"Special to watch him tonight," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "He's doing some things that grab your attention. The doubles, even the outs. The ball coming off the bats, finishing swings. They've been pretty."
Polanco leads the National League and is third in the Majors with 21 doubles. He hit his first career grand slam in Miami last week and batted .317 in May.
Minor injuries to center fielder Andrew McCutchen and left fielder Starling Marte have meant Polanco has had to be flexible with his position in the outfield lately. As Hurdle pointed out, that challenge has helped Polanco grow as a player.
"There's not a facet of his game that hasn't gotten better in the time that he's been here," Hurdle said.
Maybe there's more of that to go around.
Sarah K. Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Pittsburgh. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.