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Pirates have 3/8 of best young position players

Per this Fangraphs analysis, looking exclusively at young guys making league minimum - the 0-3 group. Not only do Cutch, Walker, and Pedro all make it, but also:

Three(!) Pirates in the starting lineup, and Jose Tabata didn’t miss by much (neither didJames McDonald, on the pitching side). We’re approaching 20 years since Barry Bonds left and the Pirates last enjoyed an above-.500 season. That streak could end fairly soon.

It'll be interesting to see which happens first: the Pirates actually having some success, or people around baseball noticing the talent. In a way, 2011 is the pivotal year in that race between accomplishment and recognition: if they lose 95, then no one will say anything except, "Despite a few talented young players, the Same Old Pirates just clinched a record 19th losing season," and 2012 could catch everyone by surprise; OTOH, if they hang around .500 for a few months and end up in the 70s for wins, then everyone will start working the angle of "You know the Pirates have been  bad, but look at Andrew McCutchen and his crew of young Bucs."

Any analogies to Pittsburgh's national (and international) reputation and its sea change since the G-20 will be left to the reader.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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