For the last three weeks, we have been releasing the reports for the top twenty Pittsburgh Pirates prospects in our 2014 Prospect Guide. Starting tomorrow and running through Friday, we will post the reports for the top five spots and there should be no surprise over who is number one on that list. This year in Winter ball, six of the top twenty prospects got into action and two of them are still playing. Below is a brief summary of their performances and as you will see, there are a wide range of results.
Polanco and Hanson were the top two Pirates prospects in Winter ball this year
The top Pirates prospect in Winter ball was obviously Gregory Polanco and he did not disappoint at all. Polanco won the Dominican Winter League MVP award and was also named the Rookie of the Year. He was the only player with an OPS over .900 in the league and led the DWL with 28 runs scored and 55 hits. Polanco is currently in the playoffs, trying to help his team come back from a 3-2 deficit in the...
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.