The Pirates have some unusual relief pitching prospects in their organization right now.  Edgar Santana, Dovydas Neverauskas and Yunior Montero have unique backgrounds, each in his own way, but what may be the most unique about them -- IF they make it in the majors -- is that they're Pirates relief prospects at all.  (The Pirates have other relief prospects as well, such as Jacob Brentz, but I want to focus on prospects originally signed as amateurs by the Pirates. Brentz, of course, came from Seattle in the trade for Arquimedes Caminero.)

The current front office has developed productive major league relievers.  It converted Tony Watson and Jared Hughes, both drafted by the previous front office, to relief at the Double-A level.  Very few pitchers originally signed as amateurs by the c...

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