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GCL Pirates 2011 Season Recap: Hitters

GCL Pirates 2011 Season Recap: Hitters

We hear a lot of talk about how the Pittsburgh Pirates have gone too heavy with their approach of taking pitchers in the draft.  In the last few years, the Pirates have taken very few position players in the upper levels of the draft, flooding the lower levels with projectable pitching prospects.  If you're looking for hitting prospects, you're better off checking the international ranks.

The Pirates promoted a lot of players from the foreign rookie leagues to the Gulf Coast League in 2011, and a lot of those guys are young hitting prospects.  They're much more raw than the guys you'd see drafted in the top ten rounds, but they also have the chance at more upside.  The approach in the draft is to get projectable pitchers and hope that a few of them develop in the system and become above...

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