In the past, I've always done a breakout article, pointing out either one breakout candidate from the Pittsburgh Pirates' farm system, or several breakout candidates. Last year I expanded things to include two breakout candidates from each team, with a pitcher and a position player from each group. That presented a bit of a problem.
The "breakout" term was really limiting in the upper levels. Those players have either already broken out, and their ceilings are defined. Looking at this year's team, you couldn't pick someone like Josh Bell as a breakout candidate, even though there's a chance he could break out as one of the best prospects in the game. You can't pick Nick Kingham as a breakout candidate in the sense that he could emerge as a starter in the majors this year. Well, you can ...
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