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Pittsburgh Pirates Send a Strong Group of Prospects to the Rookie Career Development Program

Austin Meadows is expected to make his Major League debut this season. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
Pittsburgh Pirates Send a Strong Group of Prospects to the Rookie Career Development Program
John Dreker

Every year around this time, all 30 teams in Major League Baseball send a group of prospects to Washington, DC for the Rookie Career Development Program. It's a four-day event for prospects which help prepares them for the next level, with everything covered from finances, to health, to handling the media. Now in it’s 27th year, the program is run by Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association.

Each club will usually send 2-4 prospects each year. That means that not every player who is considered a prospect and is likely to make their MLB debut this year will attend. So you shouldn't look into the list for extra meaning. Some teams send players who already made their MLB debut, while others send players who won't see the majors in 2018. It's also not mandatory the players go t...

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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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