It's not supposed to work this systematically when it comes to breakout prospects. You aren't supposed to see one team having the biggest breakout players every single season. Normally it should be spread out and random. One year the big breakout might be in Altoona. The next it might be in Bradenton. But for the last two years, the biggest breakout players in the system have come in West Virginia.
In 2012 it was Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson. Hanson was getting a lot of attention from scouts prior to the 2012 season. Polanco had a lot of interesting tools, but was very raw. Both used their 2012 campaigns in West Virginia to propel themselves to the top 50 prospect ranks prior to this season.
This year it was Tyler Glasnow. The right-hander drew a lot of attention prior to the season, especially from this outlet, which rated him as the 8th best prospect coming into the year. Glasnow dominated SAL hitters, showing top of the rotation potential and getting to the point where he c...
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