Pittsburgh Pirates May Have Team's Best Prospect Trio in Decades

By Troy Pfaff

Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published an article today about the Pirates’ top three prospects, pitchers Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie, and catcher Tony Sanchez.

It’s a great article, well-written and very informing for those who may not be acclimated to the trio who will likely help the franchise become and remain competitive for a solid number of years, likely beginning in 2012.

A few of the article’s overall highlights:

– Jim Callis, Baseball America’s executive editor, calls the current trio “as good as any” in the Pittsburgh system since 1998, when Aramis Ramirez, Kris Benson and Chad Hermansen all ranked among that publication’s top 13 overall prospects.

– Callis also calls the trio better than that of 2009, when Pedro Alvarez ranked 12th, Andrew McCutchen 33rd, Jose Tabata 75th.

-In [Baseball America’s 2011 Prospect List] issued last month, Taillon ranked 11th, Sanchez 46th and Allie 79th.

-“[Taillon]’s been as advertised,” said Kyle Stark, the Pirates’ director of player development. “The biggest thing for Jameson right now is just getting acclimated to pro ball.”

-“Man, I love putting that gear on,” Sanchez said. “I love sweating. I love catching bullpens. I love throwing runners out. I love stealing pitches from umpires by making a ball look like a strike. I love blocking sliders. And getting down in the dirt is probably my favorite thing to do in the game. I love it!”

Overall, a must-read for anyone who wants to get a head start on the future of the franchise.

The Pirates lost to the Minnesota Twins in today’s Spring Training game, 4-3.

Jeff Karstens took the mound to begin the game for the Bucs, throwing 4.2 scoreless innings. Karstens allowed five hits and struck out one.

The Bucs managed just five hits (Jose Tabata and Steve Pearce doubled, while Neil Walker, Matt Diaz and Jason Jaramillo all singled), compared to ten for Minnesota.

The Pirates close Spring Training 2011 with two games against the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday and Wednesday before an off day on Thursday, March 31.

Opening Day 2011 is almost upon us.

Can’t. Wait.

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