Every team in the major leagues has them, but for teams like the Pirates, who are projected to have the second-lowest payroll in the major leagues this season, prospects are vital because the team needs production from cost-controlled young players.
In fact, when Pirates management is pressed on how they spend the revenue-sharing money they receive from Major League Baseball, its first answer is always player development and scouting.
Seemingly every publication, from Baseball America to Ladies Home Journal, ranks prospects these days. So, why shouldn’t DKPittsburghSports.com join the party?
Here are my top 10 Pirates’ prospect, a list compiled following consultations with scouts, executives and media members. I have also included evaluations from scouts from other organizations — under the condition of anonymity — on each of the 10 players.