The Pittsburgh Pirates started cutting players from Major League camp this week, including their top two prospects. On Monday they cut six players, including Jameson Taillon. On Friday they cut Gregory Polanco and Duke Welker.
Polanco and Taillon will open the season in Triple-A, and both project to be in the majors by the middle of the season. Both were sent down for developmental reasons, although on Monday I talked about the business reasons why both players should remain in Triple-A until at least mid-June. When it comes to Polanco, Neal Huntington talked about how the Pirates had to avoid making emotional decisions in terms of immediate needs versus the long-term success for the player.
This isn't new territory. It's the same discussion that was had with Gerrit Cole last year. It's probably going to be the same discussion next year with guys like Alen Hanson or Tyler Glasnow. The way the system is lined up, we could be having this discussion about why top prospects arrive in...
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