In writing up the A-ball previews over the last two days, I noticed something. The Pirates have a lot of interesting hitting prospects. It's not really new to me. I've noticed this before, specifically when people say the system has no hitting.
The hitting prospects aren't guys who have broken out yet. It's not like a few years ago when the Pirates had Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata, and Neil Walker at the top of the system. Right now the Pirates have two standout hitting prospects: Starling Marte and Josh Bell. You could put Robbie Grossman in that category, although I'd rate him in the tier below Marte and Bell.
What the team does have is a group of prospects who have the chance to break out to that level. They've got a lot of high upside guys, although none of them have ...
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.