By Spencer Impellizzeri @Spence_I on April 24, 2014
The Pirates' key to their recent success has been the emergence of young stars from their farm system. Since 2009, players like Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker and Gerrit Cole have come out of the Pirates organization to make big impacts at the MLB level. With the Pirates looking to build on their postseason appearance last year, they are looking for more talent. Here's a look at the stocks of the Pirates' top 5 prospects right now.
Hanson's biggest weapon is his speed on the base paths. He has already stolen six bases through 16 games this season, which has him on pace to steal over 40 this season. Also sporting a .261 batting average, Hanson looks to be a solid middle infield prospect for the Pirates.
Meadows, the ninth overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, has been slowed by a hamstring injury early this season. He did hit .294 in rookie ball last summer and followed that up by hitting .529 with two homers in five games at Low A ball to end the 2013 season. The future looks very bright for Meadows.
Glasnow missed the start of the season due to back tightness, but he is set to make his first start of the season on Friday. He reportedly hit 100 mph seven times in his latest rehab start, according to Jim Callis, and looks set to return to the dominant form he showed in 2013.
Taillon was expected to start the year in Triple A before making his big league debut sometime this season, but after undergoing Tommy John surgery, he will miss all of 2014.
Polanco is on fire at Triple A this season, hitting .403 with three home runs and 20 RBIs through 19 games. With the strong start, Polanco could find himself in the big leagues in the very near future.
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