BRADENTON, Fla. - The Pirates do a lot of video work with their prospects, using MLB players as comparisons for how a player should focus their development. The MLB players aren't full comps in the sense that the Pirates feel the prospects will turn out exactly like those players. Instead, they take similarities from certain players, and try to show the prospects how MLB players with similar skills approach the game, in hopes of maximizing the potential of the prospect.
That said, you can kind of tell how highly the Pirates think of the prospect and their skills based on some of the comparisons. For Taylor Hearn, the video has been focused on three highly regarded lefty pitchers: Clayton Kershaw, Chris Sale, and David Price. That doesn't mean Hearn projects to have the upside of those p...
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