Cunningham will be one of the top prospects in Bradenton this year.
We've covered the Altoona and Indianapolis infields so far. The lower levels are where things start getting tricky for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates have focused heavily on the draft the past few seasons. Because they are adding new players every year, they run in to a potential problem at the lower levels. If a player struggles, and isn't ready to make the jump to AA, it creates a position jam, either blocking a player at the lower levels, or putting two players on the same roster, trying to get playing time in one spot. In those situations, the Pirates have three options. They could move the struggling player to a bench/organizational role, they could hold the new player back, or they could try to find a new position for one of the players, which is difficult for some positions.
Here is a look at each position, with an attempt to try and figure out the opening day roster at the end.
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.