With the news of Andrew McCutchen’s contract extension breaking very early Monday morning, the Pirates gained an additional three years of control over the clear top talent on the team. That makes this as good a time as any to take a very simplified visual look at how the club’s future roster is stacking up.
I quickly threw together this chart that shows several players who could very possibly play a significant role with the team in the future. The chart is color-coded, to show which positions are well covered and which are larger question marks. Green represents players who are essentially locks to be in the lineup/rotation for the next several years. Players in yellow are very likely to hold down everyday jobs, but are not quite a sure thing. Players in red are large question marks for...
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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.