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First Pitch: Can the Pirates Get Impact Talent to the Upper Levels?

First Pitch: Can the Pirates Get Impact Talent to the Upper Levels?

Gregory Polanco (left) and Alen Hanson (right) will try to repeat their 2012 seasons at the next level, and eventually try to make the successful jump to the upper levels.

Today I previewed the 2013 Indianapolis Indians and Altoona Curve. Tomorrow I'll go over the Bradenton Marauders and the West Virginia Power. In writing the previews, there's one thing I noticed about the talent in the upper levels and the lower levels. That's the difference in talent between the two groups.

The upper levels have some talent. Gerrit Cole is in Triple-A. Jameson Taillon is in Double-A. But that's about the extent of the impact talent. Kyle McPherson and Stolmy Pimentel could be good starters in the majors, but aren't quite impact guys. Tony Sanchez also still has a shot at being a starter, and Jerry Sands has always hit for power, but once again these aren't impact guys. There's a lot of future major leaguers in the top two levels, whether that's starters, late inning relievers, or middle reliev...

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