The outfield ranks at the lower levels of the Pirates’ system are loaded with very toolsy players who have a ways to go in their development. In most cases, getting better control of the strike zone is the primary mission. The odds are that most of these players won’t develop, but if one or two do, they could have significant ceilings. Unless and until that happens, the Pirates will probably go through a sorting process in which the players who show the most progress get increasing playing time.
Parentheses indicate a reasonable chance that the player won’t open 2012 at the indicated level.
The only two sure things here are Bell and Freeman. The former is the Pirates’ best power-hitting prospect by a huge margin and, despite not having played yet as a pro, is considered advanced enough that he’s a safe bet to open with the Power. Freeman struggl...
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.