Lost in the mix yesterday was an article from Baseball America, comparing the international prospects in each team's top 30. The article is for BA subscribers, and can be found here. In the article, Ben Badler looked at how many international players were included in BA's top 30 for each team. The Pirates had 10 international prospects out of their top 30 players, which was the ninth best.
Badler highlighted Alen Hanson, Gregory Polanco, and Luis Heredia as the key players from the group. He went on to say that the trio could stack up against just about anyone's in baseball. Badler also pointed out Dilson Herrera as another gifted hitter, and mentioned that the Pirates weren't afraid to go against the industry consensus with guys like Elvis Escobar, Harold Ramirez, and Michael de la Cruz.
Wilbur Miller brought up a good point about this list yesterday at Bucs Dugout. He noted that the list was a bit misleading, since the easiest way to populate your top 30 with in...
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