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Pittsburgh Pirates Top 20 Prospects

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PITTSBURGH PIRATES TOP 20 PROSPECTS LIST

  1. Neil Walker, C, Grade B+
  2. Andrew McCutchen, OF, B+
  3. Tom Gorzelanny, LHP, B
  4. Paul Maholm, LHP, B-
  5. Jose Bautista, 3B, C+
  6. Chris Duffy, OF, C+
  7. Nate McLouth, OF, C+
  8. Matt Capps, RHP, C+
  9. Ronny Paulino, C, C+
  10. Craig Stansberry, 2B, C+
  11. Jonah Bayliss, RHP, C+
  12. Brent Lillibridge, SS, C+
  13. Chad Blackwell, RHP, C+
  14. Josh Sharpless, RHP, C+
  15. Matt Swanson, RHP, C+
  16. Javier Guzman, SS, C+
  17. Bryan Bullington, RHP, C+
  18. Adam Boeve, OF, C+
  19. Rajai Davis, OF, C
  20. Jason Quarles, RHP, C
Like Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh has a lot of guys who could turn into something interesting. All of those Grade C+ guys have a chance to be valuable, and there are some Grade C guys not far behind. . .John VanBenschoten in particular.

The problem for the Pirates is that the only two guys with real star potential on the offensive side are Walker and McCutchen, and neither is a sure thing just yet.

Among the pitchers, Gorzelanny has the highest upside but is also not a sure thing just yet. He does deserve more attention than he's received on a national level, however, and in many fantasy leagues he could be a bargain pickup. Take a look at him. He has better-than-average stuff, with improving command.

Relievers Bayliss and Blackwell, acquired in the Redman deal from Kansas City, could both be solid middle men, Bayliss as soon as this year.