The Bradenton Marauders started the 2013 season as one of the most exciting teams to follow in the system. That was largely due to the presence of the top two hitting prospects in the system -- Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson -- and one of the top pitching prospects in Nick Kingham. By mid-season, Polanco and Kingham were promoted to Altoona, and Hanson was soon to follow. What remained was a roster filled with talented players who hadn't lived up to their potential yet, along with players who had the chance to make the majors, but only in a bullpen or bench role. Below is a recap of the hitters and pitchers at the level, followed by the top ten prospects this year.
Gregory Polanco (left) and Alen Hanson (right) followed up their 2012 breakouts with strong seasons in Bradenton.
In 2012 the West Virginia Power had one of the most exciting teams in the system, largely due to the breakouts of Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson. In 2013, both players moved up to Bradenton...
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.