Today is the first day of full squad workouts at Minor League camp. Previously the Pirates had minor league players in camp, but mostly lower level guys, and only partial practices. The Minor League Spring Training schedule begins today with a camp day. On Friday, the Pirates start playing games against other teams. So far the only thing that has been taking place has been batting practice, fielding and base running drills, and a few bullpens. It's hard to get a feel for the talent of certain players in those limited circumstances. It's also hard to find out who is going to play where.
By the end of camp, I should know where every player is going to end up to start the season. I'll also have a few picks for breakout candidates. For now, here are several big questions that I'll be looking to answer in the next month.
1. Who is the big breakout candidate?
There's never a set time for this prediction to happen. It really depends on when I notice that a player is performing well. ...
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