The 2013 minor league season begins on Thursday. In the days leading up to the opener, I will be previewing the full season affiliates of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Here is a look at the 2013 Bradenton Marauders, who will feature 2012 breakout prospects Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco on their Opening Day roster.
C - Jacob Stallings
1B - Jose Osuna
2B - Dan Gamache
SS - Alen Hanson
3B - Eric Avila
LF - Taylor Lewis
CF - Gregory Polanco
RF - Willy Garcia
DH - Carlos Mesa
Last year the West Virginia Power was the team to watch, mostly due to the talent on offense. That talent has taken a jump to Bradenton this year, making the Marauders one of the most interesting teams in the system.
The group is led by Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco. The two hitters...
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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.