This is part three of a three part 2011 season preview. The other two parts are below:
1. 19 Things to Watch For in 2011
2. The Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Trade Market
3. Ten Pirates Prospects Who Could Make An Impact In 2011
With the Pittsburgh Pirates focused on rebuilding through the minors, it's a guarantee that every year we will see a new wave of top prospects arriving in the majors. Last year's wave was full of potential impact guys, like Pedro Alvarez and Jose Tabata, and also included a surprise player, Neil Walker. This time around, the big impact players won't be found, although there are a few guys who can make an impact. The biggest areas of need for the long term are the starting rotation, right field, and shortstop, and the Pirates have candidates in the upper levels for each position.
Owens projects to make the biggest impact of the Pirates prospects entering the majors this year.
Here are the top ten prospects who could make an impact in the majors i...
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.