The outfield ranks at the lower levels of the Pirates’ system are loaded with very toolsy players who have a ways to go in their development. In most cases, getting better control of the strike zone is the primary mission. The odds are that most of these players won’t develop, but if one or two do, they could have significant ceilings. Unless and until that happens, the Pirates will probably go through a sorting process in which the players who show the most progress get increasing playing time.

Parentheses indicate a reasonable chance that the player won’t open 2012 at the indicated level.

West Virginia (Low A)

Josh Bell, Wes Freeman, (Rodarrick Jones), (Taylor Lewis), (Willie Garcia), (Gregory Polanco), (Carlos Mesa)

The only two sure things here are Bell and Freeman. The for...

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