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First Pitch: Pirates Loaded Farm System Highlighted by Indianapolis

First Pitch: Pirates Loaded Farm System Highlighted by Indianapolis

With the vast wealth of prospects in the Pirates system, there may not be a more exciting opportunity than right now in Indianapolis.

I can say that Gregory Polanco may be the best prospect that I have ever seen. That is saying a ton because I have been watching minor league baseball since before I can remember. He is off to a start that has to rival any prospect in their first couple of weeks in Triple-A, making the decision to keep him down an even more difficult one. I am not even sure if five-tool player is enough to describe Polanco, as he adds a maturity beyond his years to his game. His frame and speed remind me of Starling Marte at the same level. However, the power numbers remind me of Andrew McCutchen.

Combining the three will make for one of the most exciting outfields in baseball for years to come. With McCutchen and Marte locked up long-term, it makes the painful decision to leave Polanco in Triple-A until June that much more necessary. With the speed of the trio, I ...

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