Welcome to the first 2012 edition of Prospect Trends.  As with last year, the goal each week is to identify which Pirates prospects may be changing their status with their performances on the field.  We've got a week and a half worth of games for this installment.  Without a doubt, the most attention-grabbing development in the farm system has been the strong start of some of the very young hitters at West Virginia.  Josh Bell figured to be the headliner there and he's been doing well after some strikeout problems in his first few games.  He's been upstaged so far, though, by some of the Latin American prospects who moved up from the Gulf Coast League.

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Jeff Clement, 1B (AAA):  A blast from the past.  Clement is off to a hot start, hitting 424/525/606, with six doubles but...

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