For the past few years I've done an article at the start of the year along the lines of "18 Players Who Can Help the Pirates Win in 2018". The focus of the article is always on potential breakout players, prospects who can make the jump to the majors, and reclamation projects who will be essential to the Pirates winning.

This year, that process seems irrelevant. The Pirates haven't traded anyone yet, but they're currently seen as sellers. That would prevent them from contending in 2018. Sure, I could do an "18 Players" article, but it would be more of an "All of these things need to go right" type of article.

So I decided to change it up, and write an article that makes more sense for this site. I decided to write about "18 Potential Breakout Pirates Prospects to Watch in 2018".


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