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Pirates Have Several Prospects on Baseball America’s Best Tools List

Pirates Have Several Prospects on Baseball America’s Best Tools List

Starling Marte was named the best hitting prospect in the International League.

Last week, Baseball America released their best tools list for players in full season leagues. The Pirates had a lot of players who ended up on the various lists, with top prospects Starling Marte, Jameson Taillon, Gerrit Cole, Alen Hanson, and Gregory Polanco taking honors in their respective leagues.
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Starling Marte was active on the list, being named the top hitting prospect in the International League. He was also named the Best Defensive Outfielder and the Most Exciting Player. We're seeing why in his time in the majors so far.

Tim Wood was named the best reliever. Wood is putting up another strong season, with a 2.13 ERA in 63.1 innings, along with a 58:18 K/BB ratio. This is the second year in a row that he's dominated for Indianapolis, but he's never been able to make the successful jump to the majors, always struggling with his control after making the jump.
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