BRADENTON, Fla. — Jordan Luplow is going to be given a chance this spring to prove that his 2017 wasn’t a fluke.

The Pirates outfielder played all of 2016 at High-A Bradenton, where he played 104 games and posted a .254/.363/.421 line and hit 10 home runs as a 22-year-old. Those aren’t terrible offensive figures, but he was a pretty average age for that level and his defensive prowess seemed to limit him to a corner outfield, where his lack of power would certainly be a hindrance to him moving up.

It didn’t look like Luplow had much of a future as a starter and probably projected to be a fourth outfielder at best.

In 2017, all of that changed. Luplow started out in Altoona, and started hitting for power. In 73 games with the Curve, he hit 16 home runs and had another 15 doubles in...

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