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An Early Preview of What Could Be the Best Outfield in Baseball

An Early Preview of What Could Be the Best Outfield in Baseball

A few weeks ago I wrote that the Pittsburgh Pirates could soon have the best outfield in baseball. That could happen once Gregory Polanco arrives in the majors, which is expected to be in the second half of the 2014 season. Polanco profiles as an impact player, and I believe he could be just as good as Andrew McCutchen when he reaches his potential in the majors. Adding Polanco to McCutchen and Starling Marte will give the Pirates a ton of value from the three outfield positions, with the trio under team control at least through the 2018 season.

Today saw a little preview of that outfield, with Polanco and McCutchen being paired in the same fielding and batting practice groups in mini camp. Here is Polanco on the very left, with McCutchen on the far right...

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Seeing Polanco in person really allows you to see where the "potential impact player" label comes from. Not only is he taller than everyone else, but he also has added a lot of muscle in ...

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