With power hitting down throughout baseball, classic thirdbasemen are increasingly difficult to find. Most teams want a player who hits for power while having the arm and quickness to play the position. In 2011, however, there were only five thirdbasemen who hit 20 HRs and only ten who hit 15.
The Pirates are no exception. Their system doesn’t have any players who profile as regular thirdbasemen in the major leagues. At most levels they’ve been filling the position with players who project as utility players, or who normally play other positions and are just filling in. Nevertheless, there are a couple players who could be productive major leaguers.
Parentheses indicate that the player may not open at that level.
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.