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First Pitch: The Downside of Being a Top Prospect at a Young Age

First Pitch: The Downside of Being a Top Prospect at a Young Age

Last week, during our top 20 prospect countdown, we profiled Andrew Lambo and Stolmy Pimentel as part of the 11-15 ranked prospects. Both guys share a lot in common in that they:

**Were once top prospects at a young age.

**Have both struggled at the Double-A level.

**Were both traded to the Pirates at a low value.

**Both had big bounce back seasons in 2013, finally dominating Double-A, carrying that over to Triple-A, and even making an appearance in the majors.

There's one other thing they both have in common: they're both still young. Lambo had his big season at the age of 24. He turned 25 in August. By comparison, Jordy Mercer finally broke into the majors as a starter in 2013. He turned 27 in August. Lambo is about two years younger than Mercer, and has more of a history of being considered a top prospect.

Stolmy Pimentel is a bit younger than Lambo. He was 23 last year, and turns 24 in about two weeks on February 1st. That means he's only seven months older than G...

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