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Should the Pirates Have More Top 50 Prospects?

Should the Pirates Have More Top 50 Prospects?

Taillon was the only Pirates prospect in the top 50. Should the Pirates have more players on the list?

The MLB.com top 50 prospect list came out yesterday, and the Pittsburgh Pirates only had one player on the list, with Jameson Taillon coming in at the #18 spot.  With the Pirates focusing on the draft the last few years, the question of whether the Pirates should have had more players in the top 50 needs to be asked.

The Pirates have put the bulk of their focus on the middle round, over-slot prep players since Neal Huntington took over in 2008.  Their first round picks have been Pedro Alvarez (2008), Tony Sanchez (2009), and Taillon (2010), plus Victor Black as a first round compensation pick in 2009.  They have also reached over-slot deals with the following players:

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