Buster Olney continued his team position rankings on Thursday morning by naming the Pittsburgh Pirates, as the team with the top outfield in baseball(subscription required). Olney ranked both the Pirates' rotation and bullpen in the top ten, giving them one of the best pitching staffs in baseball. They didn't do so well with the infield ranking, not even getting a mention in the "just missed" group outside the top ten.
The trio of Andrew McCutchen, Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte got the best outfield group and Olney thinks they can be even better, as there is room for both Marte and Polanco to improve. Not to state the obvious, but Olney also called McCutchen one of the best players in baseball and noted that he is still in his prime. He called the group the backbone of the Pittsbur...
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