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Ranking Pittsburgh Pirates’ Top 5 Prospects of Spring Training

Top 5 Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects in Spring Training

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Charles LeClaire-USA Today Sports

In case you haven't been paying attention to prospect rankings, the Pittsburgh Pirates have one of the top three farm systems in all of baseball. The talent in the system has showed in Spring Training, with several prospects holding their own against the veteran MLB players. With a deep and talented farm system, the Pirates will likely be competitive for many years to come.

5. Brandon Cumpton

Pittsburgh Pirates Brandon Cumpton
Charles LeClaire-USA Today Sports

5. Brandon Cumpton

Pittsburgh Pirates Brandon Cumpton
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With 10.2 innings pitched, Brandon Cumpton has been the most-used Pirates pitcher in Spring Training. Despite allowing 16 hits and two walks, he has a respectable 3.38 ERA. Much of this can be explained by his 19 ground-ball outs and only nine fly-ball outs. Cumpton hasn't gotten hurt by allowing baserunners because he is keeping the ball on the ground most of the time.

4. Gregory Polanco

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4. Gregory Polanco

Pittsburgh Pirates Gregory Polanco
Kim Klement-USA Today Sports

The Pirates optioned top outfield prospect Gregory Polanco to minor league camp this week. Polanco hit .273/.304/.500 with two doubles and a home run in 23 plate appearances during Spring Training.

3. Alen Hanson

Pittsburgh Pirates Alen Hanson
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3. Alen Hanson

Pittsburgh Pirates Alen Hanson
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Along with Polanco, the Pirates also optioned Alen Hanson to minor league camp this week. Finishing up with 11 plate appearances, Hanson made the most of his trips to the plate, hitting .400/.455/.400 with two stolen bases.

2. Zack Thornton

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2. Zack Thornton

Pittsburgh Pirates McKechnie Field
Tommy Gilligan-USA Today Sports

The Pirates have more bullpen arms than they know what to do with. Zack Thornton is one of the Pirates' top relief pitching prospects, and he is showing why in Spring Training. In six innings, Thornton has a 1.50 ERA and seven strikeouts. He has allowed just two hits and hasn't issued a walk.

1. Tony Sanchez

Pittsburgh Pirates Tony Sanchez
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1. Tony Sanchez

Pittsburgh Pirates Tony Sanchez
Jonathan Dyer-USA Today Sports

In 24 plate appearances so far, Tony Sanchez is hitting .318/.375/.636 with one double and two home runs. Sanchez is close to making the permanent jump to MLB, as Russell Martin and Chris Stewart will both be free agents after the 2014 season.