This GCL team has the most upside of any of the three short-season teams in the Pittsburgh Pirates' system. The top prospects at the level include first round pick Cole Tucker, and second round picks Mitch Keller and Trey Supak. They also have Michael de la Cruz, who is the top international prospect making the jump from the US this year. That combination gives the GCL team four of the top 20 prospects in the overall system, which ties Altoona for the second most, and ranks just behind West Virginia.
Behind those four is a group of talented players with breakout potential. The GCL team features prospects with some promise at every position, including first base, third base, and especially shortstop. There are also some interesting starting pitchers behind the two 2014 draft picks, and some toolsy outfielders other than de la Cruz.
The interesting thing about this team is that it looks like a DSL team more than a GCL team. There are only five US players on this team, out of 35 pla...
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