Analysis

Minor League Depth — First Base

Minor League Depth — First Base

“Firstbase prospect” isn’t a concept that’s highly popular with scouts. They tend to dislike players who are limited to first for a several reasons. One is that such a player has to hit extremely well to advance. Another is that athleticism does matter for hitters, so in many cases a player lacking it may not hit as well as needed at higher levels. A player with any athleticism at all will usually play a more challenging position in high school or even college. In fact, most major league firstbasemen started off at other positions. As a result, teams may not specifically look for firstbasemen in stocking their minor league rosters, instead figuring they’ll shift somebody there.

Still, the Pirates right now have an unusual number of firstbasemen in their system who may have the hitting p...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribers get access to all of our daily articles on the Pirates and their minor league system, with live coverage throughout the system on a daily basis. Our lowest rates are $2.22 per month under our Top Prospect Plan, which also gets you a FREE copy of the 2016 Prospect Guide. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

Analysis

Wilbur Miller joined the site in July 2010. He has long been known for his excellent Player Profiles, which he brought to the site in February 2011, combining them with the existing Pirates Prospects Player Pages. Wilbur maintains the player pages section of the site, and provides regular articles to the main portion of the site, including a weekly Prospects Trend piece, featuring the best and worst prospects from the previous week.

More in Analysis

(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Pirates Notes: Clint Hurdle Discusses the Upcoming Off-Season

Alan SaundersSeptember 27, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Zach Phillips Making the Most of His Audition With the Pirates

Alan SaundersSeptember 27, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Pirates Notes on Felipe Rivero, Chad Kuhl, and Injury Updates

Alan SaundersSeptember 26, 2016
Nick Kingham TW 7816 3

Is Nick Kingham a Rotation Option For the Pirates in 2017?

Tim WilliamsSeptember 26, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Tyler Glasnow Struggles in His Return to the Pirates Rotation

Alan SaundersSeptember 25, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Neal Huntington on Recent Injures and Plans for 2017

Ed GilesSeptember 25, 2016

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2016 Pirates Prospects