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The Best Prospect At Each Position In The Pittsburgh Pirates’ System

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Top Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect at Each Position

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Many prospect experts believe the No. 1 farm system in baseball belongs to the Pittsburgh Pirates, and almost everyone believes the Pirates are in the top-three. The Bucs have a rare combination of elite talent and great depth in their farm system, and almost every position, except for second base, has at least one future MLB player.

Right-Handed P - Jameson Taillon

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Right-Handed P - Jameson Taillon

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Top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon was expected to join the Pirates this season, but he will now miss the entire 2014 season after having Tommy John surgery. Taillon projects as a No. 2 starter in the big leagues, and will likely make an impact at some point in 2015.

Honorable mentions: Tyler Glasnow, Nick Kingham, Luis Heredia

Left-Handed P - Blake Taylor

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Left-Handed P - Blake Taylor

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Drafted in the second round of the 2013 draft, lefty Blake Taylor projects as a mid-rotation arm. The Pirates drafted Taylor out of high school, so he is still very young. He throws a 89-92 mph fastball, and also possesses a very good curveball. Due to his age, don't expect to see Taylor at the MLB level anytime soon.

Honorable mentions: Joely Rodriguez, Cody Dickson

C - Reese McGuire

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C - Reese McGuire

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The Pirates drafted Reese McGuire out of high school, but he had experience with calling his own games, unlike most prep catchers, making him a bit advanced for his age. He is an elite defensive prospect and he has a chance to hit for a decent average and get on base at a good rate.

1B - Andrew Lambo

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1B - Andrew Lambo

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Barely a prospect anymore, Andrew Lambo had a chance to win the starting first base job out of Spring Training. Lambo hit 33 home runs in 2013 between Double-A, Triple-A and MLB. With the trade for Ike Davis, Lambo will see a lot of time at Triple-A this year. His power makes him a very intriguing prospect.

Honorable Mention: Stetson Allie

2B - Erich Weiss

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2B - Erich Weiss

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Easily the weakest position in the Pirates' system, Erich Weiss, with all due respect, is the top prospect by default. He is certainly a decent prospect, but unlike the rest of the positions, he is far from a sure thing to reach the majors. Weiss has decent gap power on offense, and has a very good arm and great hands on defense.

3B - Wyatt Mathisen

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3B - Wyatt Mathisen

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A former catcher, the Pirates moved Wyatt Mathisen to third base due to good catching depth and a complete lack of depth at third base. His progress has been slowed by injuries, but moving to third base should help avoid further injury problems. His bat, considered his greatest strength, fits better at third base as well.

SS - Alen Hanson

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SS - Alen Hanson

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There are still questions about whether or not Alen Hanson can stick at shortstop long-term or eventually move to second base. However, he has the potential to be a very good MLB player. Aside from a lack of focus at times, Hanson has great defensive tools and has the ability to hit for decent extra-base power and create havoc on the bases with his speed.

OF - Gregory Polanco

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OF - Gregory Polanco

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The Pirates will most likely be seeing Gregory Polanco in the MLB as soon as mid-June. Polanco is a true five-tool player, possessing elite speed and defense, as well as developing power, a strong arm, and very good control of the strike zone. Upon arrival, Polanco will join Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen to make up the best outfield in baseball.

Honorable Mentions: Austin Meadows, Josh Bell, Harold Ramirez