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Williams: The Pirates Have Plenty of Outfield Depth Building in the Low Levels

Lolo Sanchez could be a top candidate for one of the West Virginia outfield spots next year, but he'll have plenty of competition. Photo Credit: Wilbur Miller
Williams: The Pirates Have Plenty of Outfield Depth Building in the Low Levels

The Pirates have seen their outfield depth decreasing in the upper levels in recent years. Part of that has been due to graduations of long-term options like Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte, leading to a strategy where they had outfield prospects who were expendable in trades, or moved outfielders to other positions, like they did with Josh Bell moving to first base.

They've still managed to have some outfield prospects in the upper levels, with Austin Meadows looking like a long-term option who could come up in the next year, and Jordan Luplow stepping up as a guy who could be an option this year.

But the Pirates need to start developing some outfielders in the lower levels, getting guys ready to take over down the line when the current long-term options are ready to leave. Fortu...

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