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First Pitch: Do the Pirates Have Their Third Baseman of the Future?

First Pitch: Do the Pirates Have Their Third Baseman of the Future?

One of the big themes I've talked about with the Pittsburgh Pirates and their farm system has been the total lack of a third base prospect. Pedro Alvarez is a Scott Boras client, which means you can forget about a future extension, and pretty much wait for him to hit free agency following the 2016 season. And since the Pirates don't have an internal option, that's going to raise a question about who could be the starting third baseman in 2017.

A lot can happen between now and then. They could have a prospect break out in the minors. Just for perspective, Gregory Polanco is a breakout prospect expected to arrive in the majors in mid-2014. He broke out in West Virginia in 2012. By comparison, to get a guy on the same timeline to replace Alvarez, the Pirates would need a breakout player at third base this season, with that guy speeding through the upper levels. Or they'd need to draft a good hitting college third baseman who could eventually start, and that might be tough with the posi...

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