January 10, 2017
Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects
The State of the System: This is an incredible top five prospects. Impact talent, arms, bats...oh no don’t look down, why did you look down?
The Top Ten
The Big Question: Is there such a thing as a mid-rotation starter? (part two of ???)
I have no. 3 starters on the brain again. This seems to happen around this time every year now. I’ve dispensed with another 101 writeups for the Annual over the faint din of junk food TV— this year it was The Voice and The Voice UK for some inexorable reason, perhaps Ricky Wilson’s sartorial sense and piercing blue eyes were a factor. Most of those write-ups, soundtracked by a 40-grade interpretation of a Hozier ballad, were about mid-rotation starters. Because once you get about 20 prospects in—especially in a year where the overall prospect class is shallower than usual—you are dealing with assembly-line-made widgets, a plus fastball affixed here, a potentially plus breaking ball there, command and change expensive optional extras, and absolutely no manufacturer’s warranty to speak of.