Who Will Be the Next Breakout Player in West Virginia?

Who Will Be the Next Breakout Player in West Virginia?

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 seas...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribers get access to all of our daily articles on the Pirates and their minor league system, with live coverage throughout the system on a daily basis. Our lowest rates are $2.22 per month under our Top Prospect Plan, which also gets you a FREE copy of the 2016 Prospect Guide. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail


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, 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.

More in Analysis

Photo by Sean McCool.

Who is Remaining For the Pirates to Protect From the 2016 Rule 5 Draft?

Tim WilliamsOctober 8, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Pirates Have Off-Season Money to Spend in the Initial 2017 Payroll Projection

Tim WilliamsOctober 7, 2016
Adrian Valerio 3216

Instructs Report: Nice Day for Hughston at the Plate; Valerio Plays Second Base

John DrekerOctober 6, 2016

Instructs Report: Max Kranick Showing Promise With His New Curveball

Tim WilliamsOctober 5, 2016

Instructs Report: Stephen Alemais Showing Better Offense, Still Amazing Defense

Tim WilliamsOctober 4, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Should the Pirates Trade Andrew McCutchen This Off-Season?

Tim WilliamsOctober 3, 2016

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2016 Pirates Prospects