BRADENTON, Fla. - The Pirates have no shortage of top young pitching prospects in their system. They saw Jameson Taillon make the jump to Pittsburgh last year, and could see Tyler Glasnow make the same jump this year. They saw Mitch Keller have a breakout season in the lower levels, with Gage Hinsz quietly being one step behind him.
There are also guys who have the stuff to be more than just back of the rotation starters in the lower levels, and two of them were pitching today. Taylor Hearn went up against Luis Escobar in today's camp day action at Pirate City, facing off in the A-ball game while Clay Holmes and Austin Coley pitched in the Indianapolis/Altoona game. Hearn and Escobar are two guys to watch in the lower levels due to their stuff, and the chance of them emerging as some of...
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