Yesterday I wrote about the offensive help from the system that can help the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 2012 season. The Pirates don't have many strong options. Jordy Mercer is the best option to help the major league team this year, and he profiles as an average major league shortstop at best. Matt Hague could also help, profiling as an average major league first baseman at best. The top prospect in Indianapolis, Starling Marte, hasn't broken out in Triple-A, and isn't close to a call-up yet. Outside of those guys, the rest of the help comes from 4-A hitters who can provide some help off the bench in the form of a .700 OPS and power.
Today I'll be looking at the players in the lower levels of the system who can help in future years. I'll only be looking at the full season leagues, s...
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