PITTSBURGH -- Josh Harrison was announced as the Pirates' Heart and Hustle Award winner, and he was honored at PNC Park prior to the series opener with the Reds on Friday.
Harrison, 27, has been a jack of all trades for the Pirates, manning multiple positions and doing so at an All-Star level in his first season as an everyday player in the Majors. He has settled in at third base and is hitting .304, with 47 extra-base hits -- 23 of which have come after the All-Star break to lead the National League.
Manager Clint Hurdle believes Harrison has as good a case as any to win the league-wide Heart and Hustle Award, which will be announced in New York on Nov. 18.
"You talk about heart, you talk about hustle, he embodies both," Hurdle said. "If you want to watch a player, you put your eyes on Josh Harrison and watch him play the game. I think you'll walk away with some lessons learned."
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.