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The Pirates May Have Another Wave of International Hitting Prospects Emerging

Lolo Sanchez and Jeremias Portorreal have taken big steps in their development in the last year. Photo Credits: Tim Williams
The Pirates May Have Another Wave of International Hitting Prospects Emerging

BRADENTON, Fla. and INDIANAPOLIS - The Pirates set expectations for their international hitting prospects pretty high in 2012 when they had Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, Jose Osuna, Willy Garcia, and Elias Diaz all making the jump to West Virginia at a young age. Add in Starling Marte's emergence in the upper levels, and his eventual MLB debut, and the Pirates were looking like an organization set to churn out international hitters.

Marte has quietly been one of the best players in baseball since he came up. Polanco has arrived, but hasn't come close to his upside yet, so far looking like an average starter with around a 2.0 WAR per year. Osuna is looking like a strong bench bat, and maybe more if he wasn't blocked in Pittsburgh at his two positions. Diaz is blocked, but could be a star...

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