About a month ago the Pirates made a ton of promotions throughout the minor league system. The promotions saw several prospects moving up in the system, plus the 2013 debut of Luis Heredia in West Virginia.
With about a month in the books for all of these moves, now would be a good time to get some first impressions. None of these guys have accumulated enough playing time to the point where their stats say a lot about their potential. Gregory Polanco is off to a good start, but that doesn't mean he's ready to move up. Stetson Allie is off to a bad start, but that doesn't mean he's a bust. There's really no rhyme or reason as to who stays hot after a promotion, and who starts off slow before adjusting to the level.
Since we do have a month in the books on these promotions, plus two months left in the minor league season, I thought I'd take a look at how each player was performing, along with some thoughts on where each player could end up by the end of the year and what they have ...
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