Top 5 Pittsburgh Pirates Outfield Prospects

Top 5 Pittsburgh Pirates Outfield Prospects

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Of all the areas in the Pittsburgh Pirates' system, the Bucs have the most depth and talent in the outfield. The talent in the outfield is better than good, it is elite. From low-A to MLB, the Pirates have several interesting outfielders. Picking five was certainly difficult. Continue reading to see who made the cut.

5. Barrett Barnes

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5. Barrett Barnes

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Injuries have really slowed Barrett Barnes' development, but the talent and high-ceiling is certainly still there. With very good speed and athleticism, as well as better power than one would think, Barnes has the potential to be a solid regular in the big leagues if he can eventually find a way to stay on the field.

4. Harold Ramirez

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4. Harold Ramirez

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With the potential to have a solid speed/power combination, the biggest question for Harold Ramirez will be his ability to hit for a decent average and get on base due to his long swing. He steals a lot of bases, but he also gets caught more than one would like.

3. Josh Bell

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3. Josh Bell

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He may be moved to first base eventually, but for now, Josh Bell is a right fielder. Bell possesses elite plate vision and discipline, resulting in few strikeouts and many walks. He also has great power in his bat and he hits from both sides of the plate.

2. Austin Meadows

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2. Austin Meadows

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Drafted in the 2013 draft, Austin Meadows is full of tools. He has great speed in the outfield, and he has the potential to hit for very good power. Along with great speed and solid power, Meadows has above-average strike zone discipline. At just 19 years old for the 2014 season, Meadows has plenty of time to get settled in as a professional before the Pirates need him to contribute at the MLB level.

1. Gregory Polanco

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1. Gregory Polanco

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The Pirates expect to see Gregory Polanco in MLB no later than mid-June, so he won't be a prospect for much longer. Polanco is a large man with elite speed. Combine his great speed with amazing strike zone discipline, developing power and a strong arm in the outfield, and you get a complete baseball player. Polanco is just that. Once he gets to the bigs, he will be there to stay.

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