Brad Lincoln throws at Pirate City - Tim Williams/BuccoFans.com

As long-suffering Pirates fans, we are desperate for some sort of hope. With an awful major league team, that hope generally resides in the minor leagues. Last year, the 22-year-old Andrew McCutchen made a sparkling major league debut after his June promotion. A few weeks ago, former first round pick Neil Walker was recalled from Triple-A and has been the team’s best hitter in his brief time with the squad. Now Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata, the first of three prospects labeled by some as “The Big Three” before the season, have joined the team. With Pedro Alvarez knocking on the door, it is easy for us as fans to get caught up in the excitement of these potential tides of change.

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