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Pittsburgh Pirates preliminary prospect grade distribution breakdown

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Here is the preliminary grade distribution breakdown for 38 Pittsburgh Pirates prospects, listed below. As usual this is the first draft and there will likely be some changes along the half-grade variety.

Grade A:  One
Grade A-  Zero
Grade B+: One
Grade B: Three
Grade B-: Four
Grade C+: 10
Grade C:  17
Unknown: Jung-Ho Kang

Pittsburgh Pirates 38 players

Stetson Allie 1B
Barrett Barnes OF
Josh Bell OF
Keon Broxton OF
Jason Creasy RHP
Jaff Decker OF
Elias Diaz C
Cody Dickson LHP
Willy Garcia OF
Tyler Glasnow RHP
Taylor Gushue C
Alen Hanson INF
Luis Heredia RHP
Gage Hinsz RHP
John Holdzkom RHP
Clay Holmes RHP
Connor Joe C
JaCoby Jones SS
Jung-Ho Kang SS
Mitch Keller RHP
Chad Kuhl RHP
Nick Kingham RHP
Kevin Krause C
Andrew Lambo OF
Jordan Luplow OF
Wyatt Mathisen 3B
Reese McGuire C
Austin Meadows OF
Jose Osuna 1B
Tito Polo OF
Harold Ramirez OF
Mel Rojas OF
Casey Sadler RHP
Adrian Sampson RHP
Chase Simpson 3B
Trey Supak RHP
Jameson Taillon RHP
Cole Tucker SS

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