Starling Marte, Andre McCutchen and Gregory Polanco wait for their turn in batting practice during a workout at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla., this spring. All three are products of the Pirates’ minor league system and all three are expected to be in the starting outfield at some point this season.
The top 10 prospects in the organization as rated by Baseball America (compiled by Bill Brink):
1. Gregory Polanco
Outfielder ■ Age: 22 2013 stats: .285 BA, 12 HRs, 38 SBs. Skinny: Seen as the answer in right field, Polanco could arrive this summer.
2. Jameson Taillon
Right-handed pitcher ■ Age 22 2013 stats: 5-10 W-L, 3.73 ERA in 1471/3 IP Skinny: Continued work on the changeup will augment his above-average fastball and curveball.
3. Tyler Glasnow
Right-handed pitcher ■ Age: 20 2013 stats: 9-3 W-L, 2.18 ERA in 1111/3 IP Skinny: Adding control to a mid-90s fastball will help Glasnow pull everything together.
4. Austin Meadows
Outfielder ■ Age: 18 2013 stats: .316 BA, 7 HRs, 22 RBIs Skinny: Crushed in first pro experience and will get his first taste of full-season ball this season.
5. Nick Kingham
Right-handed pitcher ■ Age: 22 2013 stats: 9-6 W-L, 2.89 ERA in 1431/3 IP Skinny: Teams often inquire on the big right-hander from Las Vegas during trade talks.
6. Alen Hanson
Shortstop ■ Age: 21 2013 stats: .274 BA, 8 HRs, 30 SBs Skinny: The speedy switch-hitter needs more defensive consistency.
7. Josh Bell
Outfielder ■ Age: 21 2013 stats: .279 BA, 13 HRs, 76 RBIs Skinny: Another year removed from knee surgery, Bell should continue to improve.
8. Reese McGuire
Catcher ■ Age: 19 2013 stats: .323 BA, 11 2B, 21 RBIs Skinny: A natural catcher with a cannon for an arm.
9. Harold Ramirez
Outfielder ■ Age: 19 2013 stats: .285 BA, 5 HRs, 23 SBs Skinny: Ramirez has good speed and plenty of upside and will likely start with low-A West Virginia.
10. Luis Heredia
Right-handed pitcher ■ Age: 19 2013 stats: 7-3 W-L, 3.05 ERA in 65 IP Skinny: Better fitness should let his pure stuff play after weight gain hampered him in 2013.
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