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First Pitch: Are the Pirates Slow to Promote Players?

First Pitch: Are the Pirates Slow to Promote Players?

I received a comment on Twitter tonight which was a response to the Prospect Notebook looking at when Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon would be moved up. The comment is one I see all the time: the Pirates are slow to promote their players.

I don't think the comment is accurate. I know exactly why the theory exists. Part of it is because the moment a player gets on a hot streak, people start asking when that player will be called up. Another part is because people will see aggressive promotions in another organization, and will want to see the same for the Pirates, regardless of whether that sort of promotion would be appropriate.

I think the Pirates are actually aggressive with their promotions. I have the same fault that pretty much every Pirates fan has: my focus is only on this organization. So I could be wrong. But consider some of the recent promotions in the organization.

**They sent 16 year old Luis Heredia straight to the Gulf Coast League. This year he is ticketed for the Ne...

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