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First Pitch: The GCL Roster Will Have a Lot of Upside Later This Month

First Pitch: The GCL Roster Will Have a Lot of Upside Later This Month

Reese McGuire is one of three top 20 prospects on the GCL squad.

The Pirates went with a lot of upside this year in the draft. They also signed a lot of prep players, including a few over-slot guys after the tenth round. I was looking over the GCL roster this afternoon, and realized that in a few weeks this could be one of the biggest upside rosters in the system. Consider the following lineup and rotation, once everyone is ready.

C - Reese McGuire: Danny Arribas is also a good, athletic catching prospect, although nothing close to McGuire, who is the top catching prospect in the system.

1B - Maximo Rivera: This is one area where the Pirates don't have a high upside guy.

2B - Ulises Montilla: I've really liked what I've seen out of Montilla so far.

SS - Trae Arbet: He's looked smooth defensively at shortstop and has a lot of speed. Carlos Ozuna has shown some good tools at the position too.

3B - Adam Landecker: He's more of an organizational guy, but has great defense...

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