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2014 MLB Draft: The Pittsburgh Pirates’ 5 Biggest Needs

Pittsburgh Pirates' 5 Biggest Needs in 2014 MLB Draft

Clint Hurdle Pittsburgh Pirates
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have done an excellent job of drafting in recent seasons. Their success doesn't just come in the first round, but also in finding decent players in the middle rounds. For the first time in a long time, the Bucs won't pick in the top 10. Here are five positions the Pirates should target in the draft.

5. 1B

Ike Davis Pittsburgh Pirates
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5. 1B

Ike Davis Pittsburgh Pirates
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The Pirates don't have much organizational depth at first base. Other than Stetson Allie and Andrew Lambo, the Bucs don't have any real interesting minor league first basemen.

4. 2B

Neil Walker Pittsburgh Pirates
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4. 2B

Neil Walker Pittsburgh Pirates
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The Pirates currently have Neil Walker at second base, but he won't be there forever. Other than him, the Pirates' middle-infield is lacking depth. Stocking up on second basemen this year may be a smart move.

3. SS

Alen Hanson Pittsburgh Pirates
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3. SS

Alen Hanson Pittsburgh Pirates
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If Alan Hanson sticks at shortstop, the Pirates have a good prospect on the way. However, he may wind up moving to second base in the long run. Other than him, the Pirates' shortstop position is basically empty.

2. 3B

Pedro Alvarez Pittsburgh Pirates
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2. 3B

Pedro Alvarez Pittsburgh Pirates
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The Pirates' lack of third base depth behind Pedro Alvarez forced them to acquire Brent Morel prior to the 2014 season. Wyatt Mathisen and Matt Hague are other options, but neither have star potential.

1. LHP

Jeff Locke Pittsburgh Pirates
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1. LHP

Jeff Locke Pittsburgh Pirates
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The Pirates have a lot of great pitching prospects, but they are mostly right-handed. Other than Cody Dickson and Joely Rodriguez, the Pirates' left-handed pitching supply is very low.