Owens has a strong chance of arriving in the majors this year.
Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates saw the Major League debuts of several young players. They saw big time prospects like Pedro Alvarez and Jose Tabata reach the majors in mid-season, and stick around. They also saw a few minor players get called up for a cup of coffee, like Alex Presley and Pedro Ciriaco.
The Pirates should expect more prospects to arrive this year, and not just the 2010 Altoona rotation. Here is a list of the players who could potentially make their first appearance in the majors in 2011. My focus was on players who had any sort of chance of arriving this season, without trying to predict which individual players would or wouldn't make it. I did break all of the players down by their chance of arriving this year, with some notes at the end of each list.
Strong Chance to Make the Majors:
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