The hitting in Bradenton this year was bad. The top prospect, Alex Dickerson, had some good results in the second half, but his overall year was inconsistent. A lot of the high upside guys with raw tools didn't pan out, with some of them starting to flame out. No one really broke out, unlike last year with guys like Robbie Grossman or Ramon Cabrera. Looking through the list of hitters, there wasn't one standout story this year on Bradenton's hitting side, unlike last year when Bradenton's hitters were the highlight of the Pirates' system.
Below are the stats from each hitter in Bradenton, broken down by age groups. The first age group is where you'll find the majority of prospects. The second group can include prospects, but these guys are getting closer to being too old for the level. The final group is mostly organizational depth. A breakdown of each group can be found below.
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