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First Pitch: Super Two/Service Time Issues, and Why They’re Not Big Issues

First Pitch: Super Two/Service Time Issues, and Why They’re Not Big Issues

I didn't think I'd be writing about service time or Super Two this year. The Pirates have had this issue the last three years with Starling Marte, Gerrit Cole, and Gregory Polanco. The top prospect is expected to debut later that summer, gets cut in Spring Training, and then there's nothing but outrage for two months saying that the team won't win unless the prospect comes up.

It looked like the discussion would be avoided this year, and for the most part it pretty much has. The only thing I've seen that is Pirates' related is a silly radio rant that Tyler Glasnow should be in the majors right now, and shouldn't have been cut after his one successful inning during Spring Training. This despite the fact that his fastball command and his changeup is still a work in progress. And this rant...

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