In tonight's Prospect Notebook I wrote about how Quincy Latimore is focusing on his plate patience issues. Latimore has some of the best power in the system, but he's not much of a prospect because his power has always been negated by a low walk rate and a high strikeout rate. He's only 23 years old, so if he could turn those plate patience issues around, he could emerge as a very interesting prospect to follow.
I get asked a lot about breakout candidates for the upcoming season. The topic of Latimore got me thinking about some potential breakout candidates, and what they would have to do to break out. Here are my picks, using the Pirates Prospects top 50 as a guide. The top 50 is exclusive to the Pirates Prospects 2012 Prospect Guide, which can be purchased on the Products page of the site.
Candidate to Jump in to the 2013 Top 10
Alex Dickerson and Matt Curry - I tend to rate first basemen lower than most until they show that they can hit above A-ball. The reason is that their valu...
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