When talking about the outfield depth that the Pittsburgh Pirates have, a lot of assumptions are made. In the minors we assume that Starling Marte and Robbie Grossman will both arrive in the next year or two, while meeting their expectations. Or, more conservatively, we expect just one of them to pan out. In the majors we expect an outfield of Andrew McCutchen, Jose Tabata, and Alex Presley to hold down the fort with good production until Marte or Grossman arrive. Then we ask the question: what happens when Marte and/or Grossman arrive?
That question is pre-mature, as it ignores a lot of other questions that will come first. Will Robbie Grossman continue his success in the jump to AA? Will Starling Marte see any sort of drop off at the AAA level? Can both prospects make the successful jump to the majors? Can Jose Tabata improve on his numbers from 2010-2011? Is Alex Presley really a .300 hitter with an .800 OPS, or are we just looking at a small sample size?
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