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Young and Hungry

We don’t see articles about the Pirates that emphasize the young stars they have and how the team has more on the way. So here is the article I would write:

They are young and hungry. The Pirate’s 4 young stars of Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, Pedro Alverez, and Jose Tabata range in age from 22 to 25. Three made their MLB debuts over the last year and one the year before. Together they form the nucleus for the Pirates to build on. They are talented and only need experience to grow into stars. They have the desire to bring a winner to Pittsburgh and the talent to deliver one.

Joining this foursome will be 1st round pick Tony Sanchez in mid-2012. With the top pick in the draft in 2011, the Pirates will pick up another impact player than could make his debut in 2013. Combine these with other rising stars such as Alex Presley, Starling Marte, and Andrew Lambo; the Pirates seem to have a flow of talent on the way.

Pitching though is really the strength of the Pirate’s farm system. Right now the ML staff has developing pitchers in Russ Ohlendorf, James McDonald, and Charlie Morton who are backed up by two young bullpen stoppers in Evan Meek and Joey Hanrahan. But from AAA down the pitching talent is just beginning to show itself. Rudy Owens and Bryan Morris should join the big club this year, Jeff Locke next year, and then the real talent arrives. Two high school stars in Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie could arrive as soon as 2013, then Luis Heredia, Zack Von Rosenberg, and Cotton Cain in 2014.

The Pirates now appear to be stocked for the future. Just when youth will be served depends on many factors, but they will be served. They are young and they are hungry.

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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